Pain not a problem for Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge will play through the pain barrier on Tuesday night to try to help England pull off a shock win over Germany.

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Sturridge was a helpless spectator on Friday as he sat out England's sobering 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley.

The Liverpool striker has been carrying a thigh injury for most of the season, but even though the problem has not healed fully, he is determined to lead the line for the Three Lions for what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter.

"This thigh injury has been lingering for a while and it's still frustrating me but I'm going to put the shirt on and try and perform as best as I can," the former Chelsea man said.

"I have been playing with it for the last couple of games and it has been hindering my performance.

"I had a scan and the scan showed it was similar to what it was before but it is not a problem for me.

"I am raring to go for the game. I am delighted that the pain is not as bad and I am looking forward to it."

It is easy to see why Sturridge has become Roy Hodgson's go-to man in his search for a long-term strike partner for Wayne Rooney.

The 24-year-old has found a new lease of life since moving to Liverpool, scoring 21 goals in 29 games after starting regularly in the central striker role he has always enjoyed the most.

Sturridge has formed what he described as a "telepathic" partnership with Luis Suarez since his move to Merseyside.

The Liverpool man now hopes he can build a similar understanding with Rooney.

"It can definitely be as good," he says of his partnership with the Manchester United striker.

"Wazza is a world-class player and it is easy to play with him.

"I enjoy playing with him. We complement each other's game.

"In training, it is almost we don't need to work on things. We know where we are, where team-mates are, look over your shoulder and see your team-mate."

Sturridge's team-mate Steven Gerrard, who missed the Chile game with a hip complaint, will be assessed on Monday after being given a pain-killing injection over the weekend.

Rickie Lambert also missed the Chile game with muscle problems but Kyle Walker has been passed fit to face Germany.



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