Daniel Sturridge makes hugely confident statement about his Euro 2016 prospects

Daniel Sturridge believes he can be England's number one striker in France as "cream rises to the top".

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has brushed off fears that he could miss out on playing a significant role for England at Euro 2016 because of his injury problems, insisting to the Daily Mail that he can still be a star at the tournament.

Sturridge played 90 minutes of the Reds' disappointing 3-1 defeat at Swansea City on Sunday afternoon after being left out of Jurgen Klopp's side for the Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal on Thursday.

The 26-year-old has managed just 21 appearances at club level this season after the first half of his campaign was blighted by similar injury problems which limited him to only 12 matches last term.

However, in those 21 games he has still managed to find the net 11 times, and the former Chelsea and Manchester City man insists he has what it takes to start for Roy Hodgson's side at Euro 2016, claiming that "cream rises to the top".

Sturridge told the Daily Mail: "It's Roy's decision. Roy picks the team and I disagree that I shouldn't start. Why shouldn't I start for England? I disagree totally. I can start for England at the Euros. I'm not saying I should, I'm saying I can. Each game, they will select which players they feel are best on the day and I feel I can bring a lot to the table.

"I'd be the best player on the day because I believe in myself and my abilities. So I don't have any doubts about starting for England or who else plays for England. It doesn't matter. Names or any players don't mean anything to me at all. In life they say cream rises to the top. That's the one thing that my dad always used to say.

"I have total faith in my abilities, total faith in what I can do on the pitch and I just have to focus on that, on my game and help the team be successful and I have no worries. I'm so relaxed in my life right now. So relaxed with everything that's going on and I don't look at anything that's going on anywhere else, but what's going on for myself and my team."

Sturridge faces stern competition for his role for England, with Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane likely to be many people's favourites to lead the line for the Three Lions.

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