Sturridge on Danny Welbeck: 'He makes my job easier!'

Tuesday 17 Jun 2014
Sturridge and Welbeck have been England team-mates through the youth squads
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Team-mates on the pitch, friends off it, Daniels Sturridge and Welbeck are enjoying playing together for England at the World Cup.  

The Three Lions forwards have featured alongside each other throughout their time with the Three Lions development teams and are now on the biggest stage of them all in Brazil.

Welbeck and Sturridge were part of Roy Hodgson's impressive attack against Italy in their opening Group D game on Saturday, and have nothing but good things to say about one another. 

Sturridge and Welbeck

Sturridge and Welbeck spoke to the press at Urca on Monday

"I've grown up with Welbs and I think he's unbelievably talented, he doesn't get the credit he deserves," said 24-year-old Sturridge. 

"We've been in similar situations, both wanting to play centrally but being on the wing. Mentally, it plays with you sometimes. You're not clear-minded on how to perform. 

"But when we play for England, we're fluid and try and help each other out as much as possible. He was my strike partner in the Under-21s, he makes my job easier as well. 

"He's my boy."

And Welbeck was equally complimentary of the Liverpool striker, who grabbed England's first goal of the World Cup in the defeat to the Azzurri in Manuas.

"There are so many positive attributes Studge has got," said the 23-year-old. "On the pitch, even when he was at Chelsea, he had the ability to go past anybody and get shots off. 

"He didn't get the games he'd wanted, but he's scoring for Liverpool. I'm delighted for him.”

The pair also believe their understanding has a real benefit on the pitch and can cause defences problems as they switch and rotate positions. 

And they insist England's fast-paced attacking football will continue in their second game of the World Cup against Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday. 

Sturridge and Welbeck

The two Daniels pose for a 'selfie' with military at Urca

Welbeck said: “Certain times Studge might go out wide right or left, and it's there for you to maintain that position in the centre. 

"We all rotate - the defenders don't know who they're up against. The good thing with the forwards we've got, everybody is flexible, we can play in all three positions. 

"If one of us ends up on the left, I'll go into the middle for a couple of minutes and switch it when it's best to. It's good flexibility to have.”

Sturridge added: "In football these days there's a lot of fluidity in the way teams go about their business.

"At Liverpool it's free and you can go wherever you want to go. When Arsenal played, Freddie Ljungberg scored a lot of goals because Thierry Henry went to the left, which freed up space.

"We'll play the same way, the same game, exciting attacking football and defend well as a team. 

"We'll play like we did the other night and hopefully take a couple of more chances than we did and have a little more killer instinct about us."

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor in Rio de Janeiro