Daniel Sturridge claims he doesn’t know what he’ll do if he scores for England, revealing he could be forced to replace his trademark celebration.
The 24-year-old’s ‘wriggly arms’ dance has become infamous amongst fans of the Premier League, but he says finding the back of the net in Brazil could be worthy of something new.
“I like the celebration and there is always something new,” said Sturridge. “But if I was to score for England in a World Cup, I don’t know what I would do."
“The other week I looked at Gary Lineker’s stats and he scored 10 goals in the World Cup."
“I didn’t realise that and I was like, ‘wow’! It’s a huge task to even reach anywhere near that. For me, 10 in two World Cups is incredible."
“But I was told he missed out on Bobby Charlton’s record because he tried to chip a penalty. I won’t be trying that! If I can score even one goal I’d be happy because I have come a long way,” he added.
After his best ever season as a Premier League player, Sturridge has earned the right to wear the number 9 shirt for the Three Lions. He scored 21 goals in 29 appearances as the Reds mounted their spectacular title challenge.
When continuing, he discussed the expectation place on the team’s shoulders:
“The World Cup is something we all need to embrace. When you are playing for England and playing for a country full of passion and pride there is going to be expectation.
“We are here as a group to try and achieve something special. We hope to come home having done ourselves justice and feeling we’ve done our best.”