Sturridge's chance to become England's best striker

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Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge could turn himself into England’s best striker with a solid performance against Ireland this evening.

It would cap a dramatic turnaround for the 23-year-old forward after starting the season with Chelsea, not as first choice at Stamford Bridge and ending the season with six goals in his last five games for Liverpool.

Sturridge is expected to start alongside Wayne Rooney for the friendly against Ireland, which could quickly turn into a very hostile and aggressive match considering the context of the historic rivalry between the two countries.

It’s a good comparison because while Sturridge has been flying at Liverpool, Rooney’s plights as a Manchester United forward have been well publicised with a debate still ongoing over his Old Trafford future.

If Sturridge can show the same sort of authority and maturity in this game, which he’s been showing for Liverpool then he will earn the right to lead the England attack for the friendly match against Brazil and then for the autumn World Cup qualifying matches.

It will also further convince Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers that Sturridge should be the man that he forms the Liverpool attack around at the start of next season.

Luis Suarez will be banned for the first six games of the next Premier League campaign which opens up a unique opportunity for Sturridge to elevate his status for both club and country.

The one thing he went on about following his move to Liverpool last January, was the fact that he felt he’d never been given a chance to play over a long period.

Well he’s now had that chance and he’s proven to anyone who ever doubted him that he can become a goal machine in any side that likes to play a pure and attractive brand of football.

Sturridge has always faced challenges in his career wherever he has been and he’s always had to face up to the fact that he’s down the pecking order behind other strikers.

This is his chance to make himself a first choice striker for Roy Hodgson’s England, which can only have positive knock on effects to his career at Liverpool.

There are still rumours doing the rounds that Suarez will turn his back on Liverpool this summer, which will give Sturridge the role and status at Anfield which he has always craved.

The biggest test is always going to be international football because it’s the very elite level of football and if Sturridge dominates the Irish defence, he’ll have the chance to do the same against Brazil.

If he plays well in that friendly then he’ll head into next season almost certain to be the first choice and most important English striker and that includes Rooney.

How do you think he’ll handle the pressure against Ireland?

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