Daniel Sturridge comments on competition for places in the England camp

England's Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is one of five strikers who are part of the England squad in France.

England Training - EURO 2016

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said he thrives on the competition that is within the England camp for a starting place in their Euro 2016 campaign.

The Three Lions kick off their tournament against Russia in Marseille on Saturday evening with Roy Hodgson's side among the favourites for the tournament. 

Sturridge has had a season that has been hit by injury yet again, but after a good run of form in the second half of the season - where from February onward he stayed relatively injury free and was the club's top goalscorer in all competitions - the 26-year-old managed to force himself into the squad for France. 

England's Daniel Sturridge in action with Portugal's Jose Fonte

Among the other strikers is captain Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane - who have both scored in excess of 20 Premier League goals this season - and youngster Marcus Rashford, so Sturridge knows he has a fight on his hands to get into the side. It is one he seems to relish.

He is quoted by the official Liverpool website: "Competition is fierce at every club you play at as well as at international level. "So for me I’m used to it, I thrive off it and I love it.

"The feeling is great. Its probably a bit more relaxed than before. the group is younger. We’re just ready to go. It feels different.

"I think there’s a togetherness around the camp and at the hotel. it’s great to be a part of it. We’re preparing well."

Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal for Liverpool

Sturridge has a point to prove on several fronts. There have been some that have questioned his inclusion based on the lack of international football he has played since the World Cup - a result of the persistent injury problems that have blighted him. 

He will also want to prove he is in the same league as the other forwards in terms of class after they have all enjoyed positive seasons - especially in the case of Vardy and Kane. 

Sturridge will want to show just why he has been selected and play a big role in their campaign, while also trying to do his best to report for pre-season training with Liverpool in as good a condition as he can be. Certainly, many Reds fans are hoping for him to return from France unscathed. 

England Training - EURO 2016

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