"It is a huge opportunity for me. The manager has showed faith in me to pick me so it will be a huge opportunity," he told reporters.
"I think it is a lot more difficult when you are not playing regularly but I try and train as hard as I possibly can and wait for the opportunity and I am thankful for the England manager choosing me for this friendly.
"It would be fantastic for the manager to choose me to play from the start. If I could showcase my abilities it would be fantastic and hopefully I would be as sharp as I possibly can be. If I don't start it would not be a huge blow. Any minutes would be welcome for me."
Sturridge is yet to start an international match for his country.