12 months ago, Daniel Sturridge would have been regarded as one of Roy Hodgson’s first names on the team sheet. Now, after making just 10 Premier League starts in 18 months due to injury, the striker has a lot of work to do to make his country’s Euro 2016 squad.
Of the squad of 23, you would imagine that Hodgson would pick four out and out strikers. Wayne Rooney will almost certainly be one of these regardless of form, given his role in the side as captain, while Harry Kane is also likely to be included.
Given his proven goal scoring record at Liverpool, Sturridge would normally be confident of making the squad, but his fitness difficulties may prove otherwise. England’s group stage matches will see them play three games in nine days, a run of matches the 26-year-old has not managed for a long time.
If he is fit, the Liverpool man has the ability to be one of the top strikers at the tournament. In just 60 Premier League games for Liverpool, Sturridge has scored an incredible 37 goals. There are very few front men available for England who boast that sort of record.
England also have a number of other options in the position that could result in Sturridge missing out on a place on the plane. The emergence of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has made it almost impossible for Hodgson to leave him out, with the 29-year-old leading the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals.
Southampton’s Charlie Austin will fancy his chances of making the squad having returned to the Premier League with a bang with a goal on his Southampton debut against Manchester United, while Danny Welbeck has an excellent record at international level which could give him an advantage if he reaches full fitness.
Even if Sturridge gets himself fully fit, he has a lot to do if he is to earn himself a spot in Roy Hodgson’s squad. If he doesn’t get fit, his pain could be Jamie Vardy’s gain.