Daniel Sturridge Biography
Daniel Sturridge is an English footballer. Find out more about Daniel in our in-depth biography
Daniel Sturridge is an English footballer.
The striker started his career at Manchester City but made just 32 appearances for the Citizens before a move to Chelsea FC in 2009.
Sturridge gained first-team experience on a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers in 2010-11 where he scored eight times in 12 games.
Daniel flourished at Chelsea FC under Portuguese head coach Andre Villas-Boas but the manager’s dismissal saw the Englishman fall out of favour.
Liverpool FC signed Sturridge in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2013. The striker scored 21 goals in 29 games in his first full season at Anfield.
Daniel made his England debut under Fabio Capello against Sweden in November 2011. Sturridge signed for Turkish side Trabzonspor in August 2019.
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• Date of birth: 1 September 1989
• Age: 30 years old
• Place of birth: Birmingham, England
• Nationality: English
• Height: 188cm / 6ft 2ins
• Weight: 76kg / 168 lbs
• Wages: £120,000 a week
Sturridge spent time at Aston Villa and Coventry City as a youth player before the centre-forward moved to Manchester City.
He enjoyed success at the Citizens at underage level as Sturridge fired Manchester City to Nike Cup glory before the Eastlands outfit lost 3-2 to Liverpool FC in the FA Youth Cup final in 2006.
Sturridge signed his first professional contract when he turned 17 in 2006.
The striker started to train with the Manchester City first-team at the start of the 2006-07 season.
Sturridge made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Reading in a 2-0 defeat on 3 February 2007. He made a further appearance from the bench against Wigan Athletic a month later.
He scored on his FA Cup debut in a 2-1 loss to Sheffield United in the fourth round on 27 January 2008. Three days later, Daniel found the net again in a 1-1 draw with Derby County.
Sturridge scored on his full Premier League debut in a 1-0 win over West Ham United in August 2008.
He was in and out of the Manchester City starting XI over the next couple of months. His second Premier League goal came in a 3-1 win over Arsenal at The Etihad.
Sturridge went on to score against Wigan Athletic and West Brom to finish the season with four goals and four assists in 23 games in all competitions.
Sturridge signed a four-year contract with Chelsea FC when his deal with Manchester City expired at the end of the 2008-09 season.
Chelsea FC ended up paying £3.5m for Sturridge after the transfer fee was decided by an independent tribunal given the striker was under 24.
He made his Blues debut as a substitute for Didier Drogba in a 3-1 win at Sunderland in the Premier League on 18 August 2009.
Daniel’s first start came in a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup in October.
Sturridge opened his Chelsea FC account with two goals in a 5-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup third round. Daniel went on to score against Preston and Everton in the latter rounds of the competition to help the Blues reach the final.
He was an 89th-minute substitute in their 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup final.
Sturridge ended his first season at Chelsea FC with five goals in 20 appearances in all competition.
He made his full Champions League debut against Slovakian team MSK Zilina in September 2010. Sturridge found the net in a 4-1 away win.
Daniel scored in the return leg at Stamford Bridge to secure a 2-1 victory.
The English striker was sent out on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the second half of the 2010-11 season.
Sturridge netted in his first four games as a Bolton player, finding the net against Wolves, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle.
Daniel finished the campaign with eight goals in 12 games for Bolton following efforts against Arsenal, Blackpool and West Ham.
New Chelsea FC boss Andre Villas-Boas gave Sturridge a chance to shine in the starting XI in 2011-12.
Sturridge scored in a 2-1 win over Sunderland in their Premier League opener. He netted twice in a 5-1 victory over form club Bolton.
Daniel scored 12 times before Villas-Boas was sacked and Roberto Di Matteo replaced the Portuguese coach. He netted two more goals in the remaining months of the season as Chelsea FC won the FA Cup and Champions League.
He made one Premier League start in the opening half of the 2012-13 season before he completed the third permanent transfer of his career.
Liverpool FC signed Sturridge in a £12m deal from Chelsea FC on 2 January 2013.
He scored on his Reds debut with a goal in 2-1 win over Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round.
Sturridge netted against Manchester United and Norwich City in his next two outings.
His best performance of the season came in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park, scoring twice.
He netted his first hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Fulham to end the season with 10 goals and three assists in 14 league appearances for the Reds.
Daniel netted Liverpool FC’s first goal of the 2013-14 season following his winner in a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Anfield. In fact, Sturridge six times in his opening five games of the campaign.
He forged an impressive partnership with Luis Suarez once the striker retured from his lengthy ban.
Sturridge netted his first derby goal in a 3-3 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in November 2013. He would go on to score twice in a 4-0 victory in the return fixture in January 2014.
Daniel, alongside Suarez, helped to fire Liverpool FC to a title challenge with a return of 21 goals in 29 outings. However, the Reds fell just short with a second place finish.
Suarez’s exit put pressure on Sturridge at the start of the 2014-15 season but the England striker struggled to stay fit with calf and hip problems.
He started a mere seven Premier League games, with a further five appearances from the bench, scoring just five times.
Jurgen Klopp took over the reins from Rodgers in October 2015.
His first appearance under the German head coach came in a 1-0 win over Swansea in the League Cup in November 2015.
His highlights in a disappointing campaign included his first Europa League goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United before his 50th strike in a 4-0 win over Everton.
Daniel started their penalty shootout loss to Manchester City in the League Cup final, while he scored in their 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece.
Sturridge most of the 2016-17 season being used as back up to Roberto Firmino.
He scored twice in a 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup third round. Sturridge netted a further two goals in a 2-1 League Cup win over Tottenham in November.
Sturridge scored twice in three Premier League games during the festive period against Sunderland and Stoke.
He netted a vital goal in a 4-0 win over West Ham in their penultimate fixture to help Liverpool FC secure a top-four spot.
Daniel scored in Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win over Arsenal in their third Premier League fixture of 2017-18.
He netted in successive games against Maribor and Huddersfield at the end of November before he was sent out on loan to West Brom.
The striker failed to score in six games for the Baggies.
Sturridge was released by Liverpool FC in the summer of 2019 and he signed for Turkish side Trabzonspor on a three-year contract.
Daniel made his England debut against Sweden in October 2011.
His first goal for the Three Lions came in an 8-0 win over San Marino in their 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Sturridge was named in Roy Hodgson’s England team for the 2014 World Cup. His only goal came in a 2-1 loss to Italy in their group stage opener.
Hodgson included Sturridge in his Euro 2016 squad. He came off the bench to assist Jamie Vardy’s equaliser before scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Wales.
He is the son of former football Mike Sturridge, who played for Birmingham City and Wrexham. He is the nephew of ex-footballers Dean and Simon Sturridge.
Sturridge is of Jamaican descent, all of his grandparents being Jamaican
Interesting facts about Daniel Sturridge
• As mentioned above, Sturridge comes from a footballing background. He is the nephew of former Derby and Wolves striker Dean Sturridge.
• In the 2007-08 season, Sturridge became the only player ever to score in the Youth FA Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League in the same season.
• He finished the 2009-10 FA Cup campaign as Chelsea’s leading scorer with four goals.
• Sturridge has represented England at every level from U16 to U21 and full international
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