Sturridge took inspiration from Maradona before match-winning contribution against Denmark



Daniel Sturridge has revealed how he was inspired by watching the great Diego Maradona before producing a match-winning contribution for England against Denmark.

The Liverpool FC striker took his impressive club form on to the international stage as he netted the only goal in Wednesday night’s friendly at Wembley.

Sturridge’s clinical header from Adam Lallana’s cross was his third strike for his country on his 10th appearance.

The 24-year-old cemented his place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup finals but he is refusing to get carried away with talk of Brazil.
Sturridge insists there is still plenty of room for improvement and he is studying some of the game’s all-time legends to hone his talents.

“During the afternoon before the Denmark game I was watching Maradona’s clips to take pointers from the skills he was doing,” Sturridge said.

“There are a lot of inspirations for me. I have watched clips of so many players.

“I’ll be watching players like Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne, Pele, Ronaldo – all these older players who have done it before me.

“There are no guarantees I will be on the plane (to Brazil) but I am working as hard as I possibly can to make sure I will be there.

“It is important that I keep improving. For me, I can never stop improving no matter what age I am at and what club I am at.

“I have to push myself as hard I possibly can to get as good as I possibly can.”

Sturridge is enjoying a remarkable campaign with 21 goals in 24 games for Liverpool in all competitions.

He is second only to clubmate Luis Suarez in the race for the Golden Boot.

His goals have fired the Reds into the Premier League title race and he has firmly established himself as England’s first choice No 9.

Hodgson recently spoke about how Sturridge could go on to win a century of caps.

It’s a far cry from the frustration he endured during his three and a half years at Chelsea when he spent most of his time on the fringes.

Since moving to Anfield in a £12million deal 14 months ago, Sturridge has flourished in an environment when he enjoys the full backing of Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

He admits he has also benefited from working alongside someone of the calibre of Suarez.

“I’ve learned a lot from Luis, but I have been given the opportunities to play now and that is what is more important than anything else,” he said.

“If you’re not given an opportunity then you can’t produce. If you don’t play as a young player, it is difficult to progress.

“It is about the team, it is not about myself – it’s not about me feeling amazing or anything. I am just humbled to be given the platform to play for my club and my country.

“The senior players have helped me so much and helped all the young players who have come into the squad.

“We don’t know what these occasions are like. They’ve been through all of this before us.

“I just give God the grace, I give God the glory. I am blessed.

“I am just doing what I used to when I was a young player. I have been given a platform to be able to perform and I don’t get too excited about anything.

“I am humbled by everything that is going on right now. I am grateful to God and grateful to the managers for believing in me. I am happy with the way everything is going.”

Sturridge’s self-belief and faith in God came in handy during his struggles at Chelsea. The experiences of those testing years have ensured he fully appreciates the position he now finds himself in.

“There have been times, of course, where it has been very difficult. I am not super human,” he said.

“I get down a lot and I have had a lot of moments when I have been upset with not playing and not getting opportunities.

“But that is all in the past and I give God the glory. It has been a long journey to get where I am now and I am humbled by it all.

“I am not getting too excited about anything that is going on, I am just humbled by it.“Whichever opportunities come my way, I do my best to take them. I work as hard as I possibly can and give 100% in every game.”

Sturridge believes his career so far serves as an example to youngsters about what can be achieved if you persevere in the face of adversity.

“I think it is important that young players realise that it is not going to be an easy journey,” he added.

“You will have highs and lows. My journey has certainly not finished, I am not the complete player. I’ve got to keep improving and keep pushing myself. Young players have to realise that you can never stop improving.

“It doesn’t matter what you achieve, there is still more to achieve. It doesn’t matter how many goals you’ve scored, there are still more goals and more appearances.
“Everything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the opportunities to show what you can do.”

Sturridge was one of five Liverpool players to line up against the Danes – the club’s highest number of starters for an England international for 37 years.

Raheem Sterling furthered his claims for a World Cup spot with an eye-catching display which earned the Reds winger the man of the match award.

Sturridge wasn’t surprised by the teenager’s contribution alongside clubmates Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson.

“Raheem is a great guy,” he said. “I get on with him very well, we banter.

“I think it was easy for him because he had the captain of his club playing for the country out there. He also had Jordan on the same side as him and the same with Jonno.

“I think it felt probably like playing for Liverpool with how we went out there. The football he plays is exceptional and he is only going to get better.

“You see with Raheem now, he is getting the opportunities to play week in, week out and is flourishing. For every young player it is important to play regularly.”

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