Daniel Sturridge has no Manchester City, Chelsea regrets

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists that he has no regrets about his time at Manchester City and Chelsea

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has insisted that he is "thankful" to former teams Manchester City and Chelsea, despite failing to secure regular first-team spots during his time at the clubs.

The 24-year-old, who made his senior debut for City in 2006, went on to sign for Chelsea, but dropped down the ranks following the club's £50m purchase of Fernando Torres in January 2011.

The striker eventually made the switch to Anfield a year later and, due to his impressive form in front of goal, is just weeks away from competing for England at the World Cup in Brazil.

"I'm thankful for everything that happened at those previous clubs," The Independent quotes Sturridge as saying.

"Manchester City put me on the map in terms of giving me a chance to play in the first-team environment and Chelsea also helped me to improve mentally and as a footballer. I won trophies there. People change clubs. I would never regret anything."

Sturridge is widely expected to start for the Three Lions in their opening Group D game against Italy in Manaus on June 14.

Daniel Sturridge of England celebrates his goal during the International Friendly match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on March 5, 2014
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