Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge didn’t snub England, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers insists Daniel Sturridge didn't put Liverpool before England after missing the recent World Cup qualifiers
Brendan Rodgers has rubbished the suggestion Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool before England after the striker missed the recent World Cup qualifiers.
The 24-year-old was sent back to the Reds from the Three Lions camp ahead of the Moldova win last Friday as the striker was still suffering from a groin strain which he aggravated in a 1-0 win against Manchester United.
Sturridge failed to recover in time for England’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday but the Liverpool forward is expected to feature against Swansea City on Monday night.
“He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games,” Rodgers said.
“I felt for him. He came here, first and foremost, to do well for Liverpool. He felt if he could do well, he could aim to be England’s striker.
“The medical experts made the decision – it wasn’t Daniel Sturridge.
“He left the game against Manchester United injured. The medical staff at England deemed him not quite fit enough for the first game.
“He came back [on Friday] and there was a slight improvement. Obviously Roy has to make the decision if he’s going to be right [to play against Ukraine]. He wasn’t.”
Rodgers continued: “If he does play on Monday, he shouldn’t be viewed as someone who turned down his country.
“That hasn’t been the case at all. It’s nearly a week, and with the injury that he has, it gives him a chance to play.
“If it was a Saturday game, he may have struggled. Hopefully he will be fit, but he won’t be 100 per cent.”