Barton: England are better off without Daniel Sturridge, thanks to Arsenal star

Joey Barton maintains England are a better side without Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton believes England are a better side with Danny Welbeck in the team than Daniel Sturridge.

The controversial star argues that Welbeck's all round game is to the team's benefit, and the Three Lions' results have backed this up in recent months with Sturridge out injured.

As ever, the 32-year-old was speaking via Twitter, towards the end of England's 3-1 victory over Scotland:

News broke during the friendly match that Liverpool striker Sturridge has suffered yet another injury setback, and with England not playing again until March, Roy Hodgson won't have to pick between the two any time soon.

Sturridge has always been a more prolific goalscorer than his former England under-21 strike partner, who is now starting to blossom being given a run of games with Arsenal.

To point however to England's recent results, as Barton did, is a little of a red herring however, as scoring and leading England to wins against the likes of Slovenia and San Marino in internation friendlies, is not particularly comparable to playing at the World Cup versus superior opposition.

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