Rio Ferdinand praises Daniel Sturridge

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

The Liverpool striker scored England's winning goal against Wales.

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Rio Ferdinand has praised Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, saying he is something of a maverick.

The striker is part of England’s squad for Euro 2016 despite ongoing questions about his long-term fitness.

His selection proved to be a smart one last week, as he came off the bench against Wales to score a last gasp winner to seal all three points for the Three Lions.

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

His strike was the sort of instinctive, quality finishing that Roy Hodgson’s side had sorely lacked in the draw with Russia previously.

Sturridge has been widely praised following the result, and Ferdinand is the latest to do so, describing the striker as elusive.

“He's elusive. He likes to move,” he told the Sunday Times.

“He doesn't like to be pinned down to one area. He's a bit of a maverick, who drifts about. But what he is, when he gets the ball, is very direct.”

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

Sturridge will now be hoping to have a further impact as England close in on the knockout stages of the competition.

He looks set to start the clash with Slovakia, and will be keen to add another goal to his tally to further boost his chances of securing a future first-team place.

If he can do that, the Liverpool star is likely to find himself in the team once again as England look to go far in the tournament.

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

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