Sturridge vows full commitment to England
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has dedicated himself to England, following speculation over his commitment for the national side, reports ESPN.
Sturridge was heavily involved during England’s 4-1 victory over Montenegro at Wembley on Friday, having earned and scored a penalty. The 24-year-old has also been at the centre of a club-versus-country debate following comments that insinuated playing for Liverpool was more important to him than playing for England.
Sturridge declared winning trophies for Liverpool was more significant, but the England forward has insisted his comments were misinterpreted. “The worst thing was that there was an article on the Liverpool website which they posted out featuring comments I'd made a week prior, so it was taken out of context and the fans had a perception of me that I cared more about my club than my country,” Sturridge said.
“But the reason I'd said that was because the games you play for your club are the groundwork for becoming an England regular, and if I don't play for Liverpool, I won't get selected for England and not the other way around.
“And that was the most frustrating part for me because the fans didn't understand how much it meant to me to play for England.
“I've not had the opportunity that a lot of other players have had in the past, so for me, it's my time to do what I can do, so it was heart-breaking for me not to be involved - especially as it could have affected my place in the two games this week, because they're so important and the ones that are going to get us to the World Cup.”
Sturridge missed both of England’s qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September with a thigh injury, but the Premier League’s leading scorer looks set to take to the field again against Poland at Wembley.
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