How refreshing to see Liverpool player put country before club

Daniel Sturridge will start for England on Tuesday despite some injury concerns.

Daniel Sturridge missed England's match with Chile on Friday due to a thigh injury. Roy Hodgson was confident he would be able to face Germany on Tuesday, and all looked well until he limped out of training early.

On Monday morning in England's open training session, Sturridge walked off earlier than others with a suspected injury. It didn't look good for the Liverpool striker, but Hodgson has since confirmed that the 24-year-old will be starting the game at Wembley on Tuesday.

Given that Liverpool face a huge game against their rivals Everton on Saturday it is refreshing to see that Sturridge is pushing himself and putting his body on the line. With internationals it is not uncommon for players to pull out at the first sign of injury. For many, their club comes first and they would not want to risk aggravating an injury by representing their country.

The latest Champions League final showed the German quality in abundance. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund went head to head in the final at Wembley and out of the 36 players named in both squads, half of them were of a German nationality.

England on the other hand are coming out of their ‘golden’ period and are more than likely just assessing the damage of what their main stars leaving will to do their World Cup chances, and there on after.

England are able to recall on Kyle Walker, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert, who all missed the Chile game through injury but will miss Manchester United defender Phil Jones who has a groin injury.

I fancy England to line up:

Joe Hart - Kyle Walker – Gary Cahill – Phil Jagielka – Ashley Cole - Steven Gerrard – Jack Wilshere – Adam Lallana – Andros Townsend – Wayne Rooney – Daniel Sturridge

7 changes from the side that lost to Chile last week, with many players previously left in the shade coming back into the fray. Joe Hart and Ashley Cole have both been questioned recently in light of new competitors to their positions, but it’s likely both players will take to the pitch for kick-off against Germany. Daniel Sturridge's return is good news for the Roy as he looks to build a similar relationship between Rooney and Sturridge that the Liverpool striker has at club level with team-mate Luis Suarez. Adam Lallana should keep his place after an impressive debut, and test himself out against some real superstars on Tuesday night.

I fancy Germany to line up:

Rene Adler – Jerome Boateng – Mats Hummels – Per Mertesacker – Marcel Schmelzer – Sven Bender – Toni Kroos – Andre Schurrle – Marco Reus – Thomas Muller – Mario Gotze

Joachim Low will make 5 changes from the side that faced the Italians on Friday night, mostly down to injury. Key players, Phillip Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil have all pulled out the side and the only returning player is Arsenal’s Peter Mertesacker, who I’ve back to go straight into the team. The structure change could go in one, of many directions and one of the key battles will be who gains the number 1 shirt from Neuer, usually the next in line is Rene Adler but Low could hand a well-deserved and long overdue international debut to Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

image: © international football as they don't have as big of a chance as qualifying for the major tournaments. They wont have a competitive game for over a year, so why should a player risk injury playing in a meaningless friendly?

Representing your country is something every footballer should be proud of, no matter if it's Germany or Gibraltar. Liverpool's game against Everton on Saturday is a massive match for so many reasons. Sturridge is a key player for Liverpool, but he only has his sights on the next England game. Even though it's only a friendly Sturridge knows that it is crucial for him to try and establish himself for England. In my opinion he is already on the plane to Brazil come summer. But he has a huge chance to make sure he is in the starting eleven once the World Cup comes round. Therefore even if he has had a little niggling injury, he has done all he can to make sure he can play against the Germans. Other players would not have even got to this stage, and would have withdrawn a few days ago, so they could make sure they are fit for their club, and able to pick up a handsome appearance fee.

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