Roy Hodgson: Daniel has the talent we are looking for

Sunday 15 Feb 2015
Daniel Sturridge celebrates his second goal since his return from injury
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Roy Hodgson says he's pleased to see Daniel Sturridge back fit and firing in the goals for Liverpool. 

The striker hasn't played for the Three Lions since the 1-0 victory over Norway at Wembley in September. 

Injuries kept him sidelined for both club and country, but Sturridge was back in action at the end of last month and scored in his return against West Ham. 

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He then bagged another in Liverpool's 2-1 FA Cup Fifth Round win at Crystal Palace on Saturday night. 

And with England's first game of 2015 against Lithuania at Wembley coming up at the end of March, Hodgson is happy that the 25-year-old is in the mix to add to his attacking options. 

"It is unfortunate that Daniel has had a period of time where he has been plagued by injuries, but I am pleased that he is not that way anymore and that he has back playing," said the England boss. 

"I haven't had to the pick the team or squad [for Lithuania] yet - I have a few weeks to do that. 

"But, of course, I have always said that Daniel, for me, is a player that I think has the talent we are looking for. 

"I am really delighted that he is not suffering from his muscle problems anymore and we have the chance to bring him back." 

Sturridge has netted five goals in 16 appearances for England, while Hodgson has also seen Danny Welbeck and captain Wayne Rooney smash in eleven goals between them during their recent run of six straight victories. 

Sturridge in his last England outing against Norway

Meanwhile England Under-21s striker Harry Kane is gaining plaudits for his stunning return of 23 goals in 35 games for Tottenham Hotspur this season, and Theo Walcott also came back from nearly a year out injured and has hit three goals in his last four outings for Arsenal.

"[Sturridge] has got the qualities to be an England international forward - but he is not alone," continued Hodgson. 

"Harry Kane is the one getting the attention at the moment, Welbeck was getting a lot of attention at one time. 

"Theo Walcott was another one who everyone talked about at one stage about being a top class forward, and he is now back playing. 

"Raheem Sterling is now playing as a forward and you shouldn't really forget Wayne Rooney because he is our top goalscorer and is three goals away from being England's [joint] top goalscorer of all time." 

England kick-off 2015 with their Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday 27 March. Click here to secure your seat at the game.

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor