England boss pleased to have Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge back


The striker has suffered with injuries throughout the season but is now back in action.

Daniel Sturridge finally looks to have put his injury problems behind him after a torrid beginning to the season with several muscular injuries. He was out of action from the 3rd September until the end of January with the various problems, which he first picked up with the England national team at the start of the season

Now however, the England manager has been discussing his joy at the return of Sturridge, ahead of the games with Lithuania and Italy next month.

Hodgson told TheFA.com:

"It is unfortunate that Daniel has had a period of time where he has been plagued by injuries, but I am pleased that he is not that way anymore and that he has back playing.

"I haven't had to the pick the team or squad [for Lithuania] yet - I have a few weeks to do that.

"But, of course, I have always said that Daniel, for me, is a player that I think has the talent we are looking for.

"I am really delighted that he is not suffering from his muscle problems anymore and we have the chance to bring him back."

England now have bags of striking options, including the Liverpool man. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are all regulars from the past few seasons. Meanwhile new pretenders Harry Kane, Saido Berahino, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin must also now be considered.

With that in mind, Liverpool fans might actually hope that England do not call up Sturridge. Fans were not pleased with the England set-up for the way he was treated in the past. At the time Rodgers was quoted by the BBC as saying:

"We're disappointed because we feel it was an injury which could have been prevented.

"I think clubs work differently at times to international teams."

So while Hodgson is pleased to have Sturridge back, Liverpool fans will be wary about his international return.

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