Hodgson has no regrets over picking Liverpool striker Sturridge for England
England manager Roy Hodgson does not regret picking Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to play in a friendly against Germany, Sky Sports has reported, despite the player’s club manager, Brendan Rodgers, heavily criticising the decision.
Sturridge was carrying an injury when he lined up for the Three Lions in what turned out to be a 1-0 home defeat, and was then fit enough only for a late cameo in the Merseyside derby that followed days later. Sturridge has since picked up an ankle injury that could leave him on the sidelines for two months, and Hodgson revealed he needed to play Sturridge to learn more about the former Chelsea man.
“Dan has pulled out of a few matches with us for injury reasons,” Hodgson said. “ The first game he played (against Ireland) he got injured. It was important for me to, if you like, test his resolve a little bit,” he continued.
“I suppose you could argue we did put his resolve a little bit to the test. I might have been guilty of putting that resolve to the test, but I don't apologise for it.
“And I am delighted he did get out there, even though he maybe himself didn't feel 100 per cent because that means in future I will know I can trust him as an England player,” Hodgson went on, “And he is not going to be playing when he feels like it - he is going to be playing when he's fit to play.”
Hodgson added: “He had scans and there was nothing on the scan. I believe the injury that kept him out at the weekend was nothing to do with the injury he was complaining about after playing for Liverpool.”
Sturridge has scored 12 goals in 17 games for club and country this season, starting the campaign with six goals in his first five appearances. He was forced to miss Liverpool’s 3-1 weekend defeat to Hull as the Reds conceded three goals for the second week running after drawing 3-3 with Everton.
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