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Why Daniel Sturridge will be key to our World Cup

Daniel Sturridge currently boats the second best scoring rate in Europe.  With a goal every 83 minutes this season he sits only by Sergio Aguero of Manchester City.  With a goal to minute ratio like this he is in my opinion a shoo-in for the starting striker role.

I often weep when I see the team sheet for England with Wayne Rooney spear heading the attack.  So much of his talent is wasted that far up the pitch.  If Sturridge was to play in the striker role this would free up Rooney to do what he does best and influence the game from deeper down the field.

Couple this with the fact that Sturridge’s pace would marry with a counter attacking style extremely well, especially augmented with the further speed of, for example, Raheem Sterling who has enjoyed an excellent season so far and Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain who has also come into form since his return from injury.

Another trait Sturridge brings to the table is his footwork and trickery.  We have seen several times this season Sturridge round the goalkeeper, chip from outside of the box and score with the inside and outside of his foot.  He has a deep bag of tricks in his repertoire and although sometimes he can be accused of being guilty of too many touches this is definitely something that could make the difference when England need goals in games where the defence may be outdone by this.


About Rob Bown

I am a Student at Derby University studying for an undergraduate degree in English. Lifelong music fan, I go to as many gigs as possible. And of course die hard football fan.

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  1. Nice piece Rob, I really rate Sturridge – at least when he’s in the mood! I think that was his problem before at City/Chelsea, perhaps he didn’t feel loved enough; at Liverpool he seems to be relishing his role up front with Suarez. Looking forward to seeing him play with Rooney a bit more.

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