England should take Daniel Sturridge to Euro 2016, says Brendan Rodgers

The Liverpool striker has once again struggled for fitness this season.

England manager Roy Hodgson should take Daniel Sturridge to Euro 2016 if he is fully fit, Brendan Rodgers has told the Mirror.

The Liverpool striker has once again been frustrated by injuries this season, managing just five appearances in the Premier League so far.

Despite that he has still managed to get two goals in an impressive display against Aston Villa, as well as two in the 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the League Cup.

Those displays showed his quality when he is fit and firing, and his former manager believes England should take him to Euro 2016 if he is fit, despite the form of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

“If Daniel Sturridge is fit he is a player you would seriously look to take. He has genuine world class ability,” he told the Mirror.

"There's different types of strikers: Harry Kane is a wonderful finisher, Jamie Vardy has great pace and has come onto the scene exceptionally well and Wayne Rooney is a player I have admired during all of his career.”

“But it is hard to rule out Daniel because he offers so much. He can score a goal in a flash and has got all the attributes.”

The big question will be is whether Sturridge can get fit before now and when Roy Hodgson has to name his squad for the tournament.

If he is fit, and the manager decides to take four strikers to the tournament, there is no denying that he should be in contention for a place based on the qualities he brings to the table.

Sturridge is not the only striker who could be in contention though, with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Theo Walcott and Charlie Austin all sure to be keen on catching Hodgson’s eye with their performances in the 13 games remaining.

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