Daniel Sturridge has said that he does not regret playing the full 90 minutes for England in the defeat to Germany even though it cost him a place in the starting line-up as Liverpool travelled to Everton in the Premier League fixture that followed a few days later, Sky
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed after the 3-3 draw that he felt Sturridge wasn’t fit enough to start, with the forward only introduced in the 79th minute as the Reds attempted to go back in front after Everton pulled the scores level. It was the Toffees who took the lead, however, only for Sturridge to score a last minute equaliser.
“For me, regardless of what condition you are in, if you are selected by the manager of England you go out there and do the best you can, regardless of whether you are injured or not,” Sturridge said when asked about the situation.
“The manager (Roy Hodgson) gave me that opportunity and it was a pleasure to put the England shirt on,” the former Chelsea striker added. “Fit or not fit, you go out and do your best.”
Sturridge did confirm that he is struggling to maintain his fitness, pointing to an incident against West Bromwich Albion in late October from which he is still recovering. “I’ve had blood underneath one of my muscles and it is still there now,” Sturridge said.
“I need to make sure I am in condition to go out there and do myself justice. It would be great to be back in the (Liverpool) side. Fitness-willing and manager permitting, I can get back in the team and help us move up the table.”
The draw at Goodison Park left Liverpool four points behind league leaders Arsenal, level with Chelsea, and three points and five places better off than Everton.
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