Daniel Sturridge: 'World Cup is different level'

England striker Daniel Sturridge acknowledges that the World Cup is on a "different level" to the Premier League ahead of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

England striker Daniel Sturridge has acknowledged that the World Cup is on a "different level" to the Premier League ahead of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

Sturridge enjoyed a fine domestic campaign with Liverpool, scoring 22 goals as the Reds embarked on their most serious title challenge in the Premier League era.

However, with the 24-year-old expected to lead the line for his country in the World Cup, he admitted that he would be happy to find the back of the net just once in Brazil.

"The World Cup is a different level of football to the Premier League. I looked at Gary Lineker's stats the other day and he scored 10 goals in two World Cups. I was like 'wow, that's a huge task to even reach anywhere near that,'" Sturridge is quoted as saying by PA.

"Ten goals in two World Cups is incredible. If I can score even one goal I'd be happy because I have come a long way. I've just been given the opportunity since I came to Liverpool - and that's what I've asked for in the past.

"That's always what I've said - give me that opportunity and then I can try and show what I can do. Thankfully I have had a decent season but I still want to improve."

Sturridge, who will be taking part in his first World Cup this summer, has scored three goals in 10 appearances for England.

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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