Report: Liverpool striker Sturridge set for England start

A strong end to the season for Daniel Sturridge will help him force his way into contention for a starting role in France this Summer.

The Mirror are reporting that Daniel Sturridge will start England's friendly international against The Netherlands on Tuesday.

The last time the Liverpool man featured for his country was in a 1-0 over Norway in September 2014. This was followed by the England manager Roy Hodgson sensationally criticising Sturridge's then club manager - Brendan Rodgers, for failing to maintain the players fitness.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker is set to be named as part of of ten changes from the 11 that took to the field against Germany on Saturday night, with only Danny Rose keeping his place.

The Liverpool marksman has looked lively since his return from injury. He even managed 120 minutes against his former club - Manchester City, in the final of the Capital One Cup last month.

Since his move to Liverpool in January 2013 he has scored a very respectable 47 goals in 81 games.

Although he has only played 14 games this term, there have been encouraging signs for his club and country regarding his fitness. Before the international break he played three games in the space of 10 days, and that will please Roy Hodgson, who needs players capable of that output in the summer.

Sturridge will be looking to improve on his record for England, which stands at five goals in 16 appearances and is set to partner Leicester's Jamie Vardy against Holland, in what will be a new-look side.

In more news regarding Liverpool players, The Mirror claim James Milner is set to captain the side on Tuesday night. The news comes on the back of him suggesting that he might have to consider retirement from international football in the summer to prolong his club career.

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