Monday, October 17, 2011

Strurridge eyes England spot

The controversial three-game suspension for Wayne Rooney at next year’s European Championships is an undoubted blow to England’s hopes in Poland and the Ukraine.

However, is has now opened an eight month audition process for hopefuls to push them forward into contention for his starting spot.

One of those players is Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge. It has been quite a year for the former Manchester City forward.

After failing to break into the first-team under Carlo Ancelotti, those who Watch Football Live at Stamford Bridge began to wonder whether he actually had the talent they all thought he did when he moved there two years previously.

He was sent out on-loan to Bolton for the second half of last season in order to kick-start his career. It proved an inspired move as he hit eight goals in 12 appearances for the Trotters, establishing himself as a Premier League striker of true pedigree.  He even managed to emerge from the European Under-21 Championships with some credit, when many of his team-mates didn’t.

Bolton tried to take him on-loan against for the start of this season, but new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas resisted, and is now reaping the rewards.

The 22-year-old opened the scoring for the Blues against Everton on Saturday, taking his tally to four in four games – if you like to bet on the top scorer, Sturridge is a definite contender.

Speaking after the Everton game he immediately set his sights on Euro 2012:

"I want to go to the Euros and it would be great to get selected.
"But I'm not worried about the pressure being put on me because I've been working hard doing my thing.
"Everyone would love to get on the plane, I'm no different.
"Hopefully, in the future, it does happen because it would be great for me - it would be a dream come true."

No comments:

Post a Comment