Date: 13th November 2012 at 1:00pm
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I`ve a sneaking suspicion that Daniel Sturridge will get another England cap this Wednesday evening.

With Roy Hodgson using the friendly international, against Sweden, as the chance to give those on the fringe of the national side a chance to show their skills, the withdrawal of Wayne Rooney could see Sturridge let off the leash.

Previously, the red-top press have spouted on about how Daniel (wrongly or rightly) perceives that he might be forced to leave Stamford Bridge to get the regular football that you`d suspect is required t remain part of the England set-up, but that doesn`t now appear to be the case with Sturridge remarking ahead of the fixture,

“The England manager has made it clear that players do not have to start for their clubs to play for England.”

“That is a huge leap of faith for players like myself who are not playing regular first team football.”

“The manager understands our situation, knows what we are going through and is trying to help us through that. I am getting my head down and focusing on the game on Wednesday. I`m not worrying about the situation at my club.”

“I will get my opportunity at some stage and when I do, I will show what I can do.”

“I`m playing centre forward now, which is what I`ve wanted since I played for Chelsea.”

“I`m glad now that I`m able to stake a claim for the centre forward position and I`m looking forward to doing that.”


Am I the only one who finds it strange, or indeed even an indication of how the international set-up has changed, when a player can lead the line for England but can`t make his club team on a regular basis!