Daniel Sturridge has no fitness concerns

Sturridge has no fitness concerns
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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge thanks Roy Hodgson for selecting him in his latest England squad.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has admitted that it is "more difficult" to play for England if you are not playing regular club football.

The 22-year-old, speaking ahead of England's clash with Sweden on Wednesday, also praised Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for handing him a chance despite limited action for the Blues this season.

"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.

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