Steven Gerrard is happy that England have in-form strikers available for Montenegro clash
Steven Gerrard has hailed his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge and is delighted to see him fit and ready for England's vital World Cup qualifier with Montenegro.
Sturridge has missed the Three Lions last four games due to injury, but on a domestic front has been in outstanding form. He has netted eight goals in nine games to fire the Reds to second in the Premier League table.
England captain Gerrard says he's been pleasantly surprised by the 24-year-old striker since he arrived at Anfield in January and believes he can now make a real impact for his country.
"When he came to Liverpool I was surprised, a lot of the things that I'd read, he's been absolutely no problem," said Gerrard.
"I think he's needed a manager who is prepared to build a team around him and put him as the main striker.
"We've seen nothing but quality from Daniel in training and the games and he's even better than I thought he was.
"I'd seen him at Chelsea and Man City and seen some flashes, but his consistency at Liverpool has been brilliant, he's certainly fired us to the top of the League.
Gerrard continued: "He's razor sharp, he's got great technique, he can score any kind of goal.
"He's confident, but he's not arrogant or flash. He has a lot of belief in his ability and I don't blame him. He has bundles of it.
"If you saw his goal at the weekend against Palace, it was some finish from a tight angle.
"Now it's all about Daniel being fit and if he is he can do some damage for both club and country."
Roy Hodgson's men have been at almost full-strength during this get-together.
While Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were two notable casualties absent from the original 23-man squad named last week, only Ashley Cole has been forced out through injury.
Gerrard and his team-mates have been lifted by their fortune, and the skipper is particularly confident with two key forwards in the frame.
"It's because Rooney and Sturridge are available," smiled Gerrard. "But I think there's a confidence in the squad, but it's not over-confidence as we have respect for the two teams we are playing.
"But many times we've spoken about injuries and the players who are not avialable, so it's been a huge boost this week to have the majority of lads available.
"Training has gone well and that's why we are sitting here feeling confident."