Suarez and Rooney? They’re just the same, says Sturridge

Wayne Rooney

Ahead of England's clash with Germany, Liverpool striker compares Manchester United forward to his team-mate

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney have not quite hit things off for England in the way each has for their club, but the Liverpool forward reckons all that may be about to change.

Sturridge and Rooney have been two of the standout performers in the Premier League this season, with the Liverpool forward hitting 10 goals in 13 appearances for the Reds, and his counter-part Rooney grabbing seven in 17 for David Moyes’ Manchester United.

Each player has, of course, had a world-class strike partner to play alongside, but neither Luis Suarez nor Robin van Persie happens to play for England – and that has been a problem.

Sturridge and Rooney have not exactly struck up a lethal pairing for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions so far, but they will get another chance in Tuesday night’s friendly against Germany.

And Sturridge, who is set to feature after recovering from a thigh injury which ruled him out of the 2-0 defeat to Chile, says his partnership with Rooney is only just getting going.

“My relationship with Luis is similar (to the one) with Wazza as well,” said Sturridge.

“We get along on the football field and off it. It’s easy to play with players like that, it makes your job easy and you can move around and bounce off each other.

“It’s very easy to play with both of them. I wouldn't say that they are hugely different.”

Sturridge says he has shaken off the effects of his injury as he bids to net for England again after scoring in the win over Montenegro which put his side on the brink of qualification for the World Cup, which they eventually sealed with a fine win over Poland.

“It is not a serious injury so I am hopeful it doesn't continue to linger on,” Sturridge said. “I have been playing with it for the last couple of games and it has been hindering my performance.

“I had a scan and the scan showed it was similar to what it was before but it is not a problem for me. I am raring to go for the game. I am delighted that the pain is not as bad and I am looking forward to it.”

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