Joey Barton has some harsh words for Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

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The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has criticised the striker's approach during England games, despite admitting he is a 'very, very talented individual.'

Joey Barton has dealt out some harsh words regarding Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

The QPR midfielder had criticised his attitude during the World Cup and believes the Reds forward is too focused on scoring goals himself rather than appreciating the contribution of his team-mates.

Barton does, however, feel the 25-year-old is a 'very, very talented individual' but thinks those around him can get frustrated by his approach to the game.

“In the build-up to the Italy game at the World Cup, [Wayne] Rooney was under pressure with people like me saying he wasn’t world class," Barton explained in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

"Rooney crossed the ball for [Daniel] Sturridge, who finished it well and instead of running to Rooney and saying ‘what a f****** ball mate’, he runs away and does that stupid dance.

"If someone in your team is under that kind of pressure as Rooney was and puts that kind of ball in for you, you go straight to him.

“England wouldn’t have won the game in Switzerland with Sturridge because he’s a very, very talented individual. I spent a lot of time with him when he was a kid [at City].

"His first thought is ‘can I score a goal’, then ‘can I do a trick to get a shot away’, then ‘pass’. The amount of times in the Norway game I saw Rooney going ‘f****** pass the ball’."

Sturridge is currently out injured after picking up a thigh problem while on England duty.

Mario Balotelli will likely lead the line for Liverpool in his absence against Aston Villa this weekend.

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