Rodgers: Liverpool star out of England squad

Brendan Rodgers

Daniel Sturridge could sit out more than just the next Liverpool game.

Liverpool suffered another disappointing result in Switzerland on Wednesday, going down 1-0 to Premier League punishers Basel in the Champions League.

In the last few years the Swiss side have beaten the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham, though unlike their fellow English clubs, Liverpool haven't had the displeasure of meeting them in the knockout rounds.

Nevertheless, the Reds' inability to win a point while in Central Europe throws Group B wide open again, with Real Madrid the only team with maximum points and Liverpool yet to face the Champions League holders.

After the game a naturally disappointed Brendan Rodgers revealed that star striker Daniel Sturridge is still some way off full fitness and a big doubt for this weekend's game against a resurgent West Brom.

These fitness concerns meant Rodgers has already agreed with England boss Roy Hodgson that the former Chelsea forward would sit out the nation's upcoming European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

Rodgers, who criticised the FA when Sturridge's injury occurred on international duty last month, said: "I spoke to Roy Hodgson and the agreement will be that he will not meet up with England.

"He won't be in the squad and I'm sure Roy will confirm that in his press conference on Thursday.

"It's the best for both parties really. We're not sure if Daniel will be fit for the weekend.

"In the next few weeks he has to get up to speed and at the end of the international break he will hopefully be ready to play for us, which is the priority."

Hodgson may now hand a call up to one of the country's young attacking talents, with the likes of Under-21 prospects Saido Berahino and Harry Kane touted as options for the fixtures with two of Group E's minnows.

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