Ray Wilkins wades into Daniel Sturridge debate

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins comments on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’s unwillingness to allow Daniel Sturridge to play for England next week.

Daniel Sturridge is set to return to full fitness and be available for selection for Liverpool in the coming days.

The 25-year-old striker picked up a thigh injury while on international duty with England at the start of last month.

Sturridge is one of the best players for Liverpool and a regular goalscorer. His absence has been severely felt by Brendan Rodgers’s side, who have slipped down to 14th in the Premier League table, just three points above the relegation zone.

However, the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker is likely to make his comeback on Saturday when Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in the Premier League.

This has raised suggestions that Sturridge could be included in the England squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Liverpool manager Rodgers has made it clear that he does not want Sturridge to be part of the Three Lions’ team, but former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins believes that the decision is Roy Hodgson’s – not anyone else’s.

‘If Sturridge does play on Saturday, then why shouldn’t he be called up to play in the national side?’ he told talkSPORT. ‘It is Roy’s prerogative to be able to use the players.

'Whether it is because of the incident he had in the last gathering, I have no idea, but, surely if he is fit enough to play for his club, he is fit enough to play for his country’.

Wilkins has a point. After all, England need Sturridge, who must be proud of playing for his country. And it is Hodgson’s decision to call which players he deems suitable for his objectives.

However, one can also understand Rodgers’s point of view. Sturridge has just recovered and another injury could force him back on the sidelines for a longer period of time.

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