Martin Keown answers whether England selecting Sturridge was a risk

England's Daniel Sturridge

The Liverpool striker was named in the final England squad for Euro 2016.

England's Daniel Sturridge

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that it would have been a bigger risk for England to leave Daniel Sturridge behind rather than take him to Euro 2016.

England manager Roy Hodgson named his 23-man squad for the tournament this summer earlier this week and his decision caused plenty of debate.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Liverpool striker Sturridge is among those heading to France, despite there being serious questions about his fitness in the last week.

Some consider his inclusion as a risk for England manager Roy Hodgson, but Keown insists that it would have been a bigger risk to leave him out given the quality he offers.

“It is more of a gamble to not have him in the group,” he told the Daily Mail.

“He is the player you can turn to in a difficult moment to do something out of nothing and score a wonderful goal. His sublime strike against Sevilla in the Europa League final was a piece of magic.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane wins the 2015/16 Barclays Golden Boot Award, scoring 25 goals.

It will now be interesting to see how much game time Sturridge is afforded in the tournament given England’s striking options.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are arguably the first choice duo, while the form of Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford cannot be ignored, especially after his goal-scoring debut against Australia.

Indeed, the Liverpool man may find himself on the bench for much of his time in France considering the players currently ahead of him in the squad.

With his fitness record though, that could be a blessing in disguise, with England sure to be hoping that he can play the role of super sub.

Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the first goal for England

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