Villas-Boas praises Sturridge and tips striker for Euro 2012 spot

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has praised Daniel Sturridge for his unselfish play and believes that will make him a contender for a Euro 2012 place, The Daily Express reports.

Sturridge is bang in form and is top goalscorer at Chelsea with seven goals so far this season. Villas-Boas was eager to keep the 22 year old after his impressive loan spell away at Bolton last season and is glad that Sturridge wanted to stay with Chelsea. The England international is desperate for a place in the Euro 2012 squad and the Blues boss believes he has enough quality to get one.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Most of Daniel’s improvement is down to natural ability, but it is also from his motivation from playing out wide. That was not always there. This is a compliment because with that focus, you can do better for the team. Daniel now knows he can sacrifice himself for the team, not play for himself. Playing in that position might be a decisive factor’.

Chelsea have been told they will have to pay £40m for Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, so Villas-Boas will be desperate to hold on to Sturridge. The 22 year old is expected to start against Newcastle today.

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