Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game as England defeated Denmark 1-0 at Wembley.
Daniel Sturridge scored a late header to secure a narrow 1-0 win for England over Denmark at Wembley.
The Liverpool forward was named in Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up but was asked to play a wider role with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney playing through the centre of the attack.
Sturridge struggled to get into the game while he was played to either side of Rooney, frequently switching with Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling on the right as he tried to have an impact on proceedings.
Sturridge looked far better and much more like the Liverpool player we’ve seen this season when he was played through the middle with Rooney going off after an hour.
Brendan Rodgers would have been very pleased watching on because Sturridge’s goal means he can maintain the momentum he’s created in Liverpool colours this season.
The striker has scored 18 goals and produced seven assists in the Premier League so far this season and he proved that he can be effective in a team outside of Liverpool although five if the club’s players started for England last night.
Liverpool’s next competitive game is against Manchester United the weekend after next so there is no worry for Rodgers in terms of recovery time ahead of this weekend.
Liverpool are out of the FA Cup and the Premier League fixtures list has offered them a rest, which means there won’t be an international break hangover for the club which could affect their main rivals.
Sturridge is guaranteed a starting place against United unless he picks up an injury in training leading up to the game but the break means Rodgers doesn’t have to take any risks and can give him a couple of days to ease back into full pace training.
Here’s what Liverpool fans made of Sturridge’s performance last night for his country.
See what happens when Sturridge plays as a striker and not as a left back Roy!!— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) March 5, 2014
Hmm so we've actually made England a better football team. Sterling MOTM, Sturridge with the winner, Gerrard captain, Hendo the engine.— Abhijit (@abhijit_13) March 6, 2014
@D_Sturridge great performance pal. Now back to winning the title for us.— Delton Francis (@deltonfrancis78) March 6, 2014
Well done England. Not a poor performance by all means. Sturridge is class. Let's improve on this to make a go at our group stage.— Taylor Maza (@taylormaza) March 5, 2014
Boring but solid England performance: though that should do for the 2nd round in Brazil. Sturridge clearly our most important player now— Peter Brant (@peter_brant) March 5, 2014
Wayne Rooney is nowhere near as good as our media make out. Why is he up top an Sturridge is out wide? Coz it's not based on performance— Craig J Campbell (@craigkopite11) March 5, 2014
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