Sturridge and Chamberlain talk about what it means to play for England in a new film by Nike
Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have revealed their love for playing for England and say they are both striving to reach the World Cup next year.
In the first part of a new film called 'England Matters', by England kit sponsor Nike, the pair recall when they were first given their chance for the Three Lions.
“It’s something that every young player dreams of when they are growing up,” said Sturridge, who has played six times at senior level.
“When you get the phone call, you see it on the television and you see that you’re involved, it’s great.
“It doesn’t really matter how many caps you’ve had, when you put the shirt on it’s a great feeling inside.”
Chamberlain, meanwhile, has 12 caps and three goals for England at just 19, and says he’s living out his childhood dream.
“I’ve always wanted to play for England, ever since I’ve played football from four, five, six,” he said.
“But when I first thought it would be a reality was during the back end of my first season at Arsenal.
“To be in the Under-21s squad was still a massive deal at that time, so to be called up for the Seniors was a dream come true.”
Liverpool striker Sturridge made his senior debut in November 2011, but it was not until May this year that he was finally handed his first start for the 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland at Wembley.
“I found out on the day I was going to play,” said Sturridge. “It was great to see that I was going to be in the starting eleven because I’d never had the opportunity to start a game for England before.”
The night turned to personal disappointment for him, however. Shortly after setting up Frank Lampard’s equaliser, he was carried off on 33 minutes, which forced him out of the trip to Brazil.
“I would have loved to have been there, but something like this isn’t going to hinder me. I have faith in my body that I am able to recover.
“The most important thing is to be going to the real thing, the real deal. You never know what the future holds but I’m looking forward to hopefully being on that plane.”
Chamberlain, though, did go to Brazil and it turned out to be a wonderful night in the Maracana for the Arsenal winger, whose dad featured in England’s 2-0 win in Rio 29 years earlier.
With England trailing to Fred’s opener, he latched on to Wayne Rooney’s lay-off to send a powerful first-time strike beyond Julio Cesar in the Samba Boys goal.
Rooney also netted, as did Paulinho for the home side, and the game finished 2-2. But it gave Chamberlain and his England colleagues a real taste for the 2014 World Cup.
“Everyone was saying, we need to get back here next year,” added Chamberlain. “Imagine this times a hundred.
“To see how passionate everyone is and how busy it’s going to be, it’s definitely something we’re all striving for.”