Finally fit and ready to perform at the highest level, Daniel Sturridge is preparing to make his impression at the international level.
Liverpool striker will make his first England start in 18 months when the Three Lions host the Netherlands in their Tuesday’s international friendly match at Wembley.
The 26-year-old forward missed the entire Euro 2016 qualification with injury and is finally making his comeback after 573 days.
Roy Hodgson is set to make changes to the squad that started the game in Germany on Saturday and Daniel Sturridge will be one of them.
Impressed with his team’s performance in a 3-2 against Germany, Roy Hodgson was tempted to stick with Tottenham and Leicester’s strikers for the clash against the Netherlands, but has ultimately opted to give a chance to a number of players from his squad in order to try as much options as possible.
The 26-year-old Liverpool striker has gone through a lot since September 2014, but his jovial character could help him shake of the injury problems in order to get back to top form.
Various hip, knee, hamstring and ankle problems have put a serious doubt on Sturridge’s career and a shadow over a unique talent which cannot be overlooked.
With Sturridge keen to make an impression and push for a place in the team that will be heading to Euro 2016, Liverpool striker must also use the opportunity to prove his worth.
Daniel Sturridge has so far made only seven Premier League appearances for Liverpool, but he has made an instant impact to the squad by adding flair along his four goals in Liverpool shirt over the past couple of weeks.
Heading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as Roy Hodgson’s first-choice striker, Daniel Sturridge now has stiff competition in the likes of emerging duo of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in England’s squad.
Kane and Vardy both struck for England in their impressive come-from-behind victory over Germany, thus extending their incredible club form and will it will be difficult to push the Premier League top strikers out of the squad.
Seemingly up to speed and up for that challenge, Daniel Sturridge will lack no motivation to fight for his place in the fold as the 2016 European Championship finals could might as well be one of his last chances to get his career back on track.
Eager to remind Roy Hodgson of his ability, Liverpool striker will want to send a clear message.
He was a potent force alongside Luis Suarez when he scored 39 goals in 49 Premier League starts and that is exactly the kind of a player Daniel Sturridge will be looking to be against the Netherlands.
England are standing at 3/4 to beat the Dutch tonight and continue their impressive form from the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Behind Daniel’s smile there lies a hidden wish to prove his worth.
Sturridge has been the talk of the town lately and the 26-year-old has been splitting opinions among Liverpool fans.
His future at the club has been uncertain with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to offer £50 million to sign the England striker during the summer transfer window, but his international future shares the same faith with Sturridge facing an uphill battle to force his way into the England Euro 2016 squad.
When talking about quality, Daniel Sturridge is definitely the same player he had been before.
Impressive ability to manipulate ball, striking footwork and close ball control in tight situations are all the aspects of his game that appeal to Roy Hodgson.
Remarkable acceleration and attacking ability make Sturridge a lethal force upfront and England manager will have a tough choice when it comes to choosing his striking line for the Euros.
Should Roy choose Daniel?