Adam Lallana explains why Daniel Sturridge's England inclusion is a no-brainer

England's Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana during training

Sturridge finished as Liverpool's top scorer in all competitions despite injury struggles at the start of the season.

England's Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana during training

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has said England taking Daniel Sturridge to Euro 2016 was a no-brainer, the Daily Mirror reports

There have been many worries about the fitness record of the Reds forward, who managed to finish as the club's top scorer in all competitions with 13 goals despite missing much of the first half of the season yet again through injury, following on from a campaign that was even more wretched.

From February onward Sturridge has been available for selection for all but one or two fixtures and managed to do enough to secure his place on the plane to France.

Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal for Liverpool

Lallana is quoted in the Daily Mirror talking up his teammate's qualities, saying: “Daniel finished the season very strongly and it’s no surprise that he is in the squad. Sturridge can change a game on its head.

“He is that talented, that gifted, and he’s been fit for the last few months. It was probably a no-brainer to take him.

“That goal in the Europa final sums him up. Out of nothing he can produce a moment of brilliance – that is exactly why he needs to be in and around the England team because he can do something like that and win you a game.”

England's Adam Lallana

Certainly Sturridge has the talent to score that crucial goal that could win the game for his side. One strength England do have is their strikers with both Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scoring in excess of 20 goals in the Premier League this season, and two forwards that are capable of breaking 20 goals a year in Sturridge and Wayne Rooney. 

A lot has been said about both Sturridge's ability to score important goals and his injury record, but having someone with that capability in your squad - whether he is starting or on the bench - can be a huge boost to the rest of the squad knowing that there is someone else who can win a game for the side.

England manager Roy Hodgson

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