Sturridge looking over his shoulder for his England spot, but he shouldn't worry

The only Englishman to surpass 20 goals in the Premier League this season should be nailed on to start in England's World Cup opener against Italy.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he isn’t guaranteed a starting place for his national side despite his impressive form for his club this season.

Sturridge has been the stand-out England striker in the Premier League as he was the only England forward to surpass 20 goals in the most recent campaign – with only his club team-mate Luis Suarez finding the net more often.

He was quoted in several national newspapers, saying: “There are obviously certain players who have their spots nailed down but, in my mind, I haven’t and I am working hard every day to continue to show what I can do. It is about being comfortable and uncomfortable. For me, there are no guarantees in football and for me I will just work hard and not worry about which team the manager will pick.”

Though Sturridge does not think he is a certainty to start against Italy in England’s World Cup opener, one would think it would be an odd decision to leave him out as long as he stays injury free.

His goalscoring record alone should be able to nail down his place in the side, whilst his first half strike in the 3-0 win over Peru on Friday evening demonstrated his quality of when he looked a little isolated, he still managed to find the target – and in style.

But the comments from Sturridge may be pleasing for England manager Roy Hodgson to hear, as it indicates a good attitude from the 24-year-old in that he is taking nothing for granted.

Though Rickie Lambert has had another good season at Southampton, and Wayne Rooney is still a top class player despite some criticisms over his form, the man who should be leading the line is Sturridge – for his goalscoring record, his ability to hold the ball up and because he is the man in form.

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