Roy Hodgson looking to develop England striking partnerships

England manager Roy Hodgson is looking to develop the striking partnership between Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney in the coming weeks.

England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his belief that Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will begin to forge a striking partnership in the coming weeks.

Sturridge drew plenty of plaudits for the way he combined with Luis Suarez for Liverpool during the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, and hopes are high that he can build a similar understanding with Rooney.

While Hodgson stopped short of backing the duo to replicate Suarez and Sturridge's fine domestic form, he does believe that the partnership between his strikers will begin to develop more this week.

"We've seen an awful lot of the Sturridge-Suarez partnership but not a lot of the Rooney-Sturridge partnership because they haven't had a lot of time to play together and now's our chance," Hodgson is quoted as saying by PA.

"From this week we start to move away from bigger focus on fitness and getting people in the right shape to tactical preparation. That's when the partnerships will start to develop.

"It won't just be Rooney-Sturridge, we will be working on [Danny] Welbeck and [Rickie] Lambert as well. I think it's too early to start making big bold statements and judgements on the Rooney-Sturridge partnership being X or Y because we haven't seen enough of it."

England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on June 14 in Manaus.

England manager Roy Hodgson looks on at the start of the international friendly football match between England and Scotland on August 14, 2013
Read Next:
Hodgson names England World Cup squad
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account