28 goals or assists in 28 games: Roy Hodgson needs to focus the team around this player

Daniel Sturridge has been in phenomenal form for Liverpool this season and Roy Hodgson will be hoping his form carries on in Brazil.

At the start of the season not many would have predicted that some of Liverpool's players could turn out to be the most important assets to Roy Hodgson for the World Cup.

Heading into next month's World Cup, England fans will be hoping that Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and perhaps most importantly Daniel Sturridge can have a huge impact on football's biggest stage. His career has really lifted off since moving to Liverpool from Chelsea last year.

Brendan Rodgers plays him in his preferred role, down the middle with another striker beside him. At Chelsea he was often played in a wide role and although he performed admirably there, his form for Liverpool has been superb and has given them a chance of winning the title.

  AppsGoalsGoal AssistsMins
Daniel Sturridge 28 21 7 2,195

In 28 Premier League games this season Daniel Sturridge has scored 21 goals and created seven more. Those sort of statistics make him a certainty to start in England's first game against Italy. Hodgson must also use him in the same role, ideally up front with Wayne Rooney. However if he wishes to play just one striker up front with two attacking wingers then Sturridge may well oust Rooney from the line-up.

Sturridge had shown his potential from a very young age, and was always highly rated at Manchester City before he joined Chelsea following the end of his contract. A loan spell at Bolton Wanderers gave him some valuable game time in the Premier League and scored eight goals in twelve game for The Trotters. However he could never quite establish himself as a first choice player for Chelsea.

Liverpool signing him for around £12 million has turned out to be a bargain. His link-up play with Luis Suarez has elevated Liverpool back into the Champions League and England fans will now be hoping he can deliver the same form in Brazil. He has to be in the starting line-up and Hodgson must employ tactics to get the best out of Sturridge. Raheem Sterling has had a great last few months and will know Sturridge's game better than most. He could well be in the first eleven in Brazil.

In past tournaments we have focused on Wayne Rooney as our prime source for attacks and goals but all too often has he failed to deliver. Now it is time for Sturridge to shine on the international stage.



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