VIDEO: Sturridge wants '9' shirt
Wednesday, 16 November, 2011
Chelsea man aims to lead the line for England.
By Nicholas Veevers
England's Danny Sturridge made the step-up to Senior level for the Three Lions against Sweden on Tuesday night and is now aiming to nail down a permanent spot in Fabio Capello's squad, as a striker.
The Chelsea man has played for England right from U16 level through to the Under-21s before winning his first full cap at Wembley against Sweden after being introduced as a second-half substitute by Capello.
"I'm pleased, I thought it went okay," he told FATV after the match. "I was playing on the wing and it's difficult, but it was great to get my debut, so I'm happy.
"I just want to continue playing for Chelsea and from there I want to start playing as a striker, and then from there try and play for England as a striker.
"That's my aim, to be a number nine for England. I want to stake my claim as a striker, that's the position I want to play."
Sturridge admits he made the transition to the senior squad with ease, having played with a number of them through the various levels with both England and at club level.
"I know a lot of the players anyway, from playing against them and playing with them through the ranks so it was easy for me to get involved and integrate," he added.
"I think I've played at every age level, from U16s right up to the Under-21s so it's great to finally get a full cap and hopefully there will be many more now."
Watch the full interview with Danny now by clicking on the link to the right-hand side of your screen.