Sturridge focused on Chelsea

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Daniel Sturridge insists he isn't worried about not being called up to the senior England squad, and says his main concern is establishing his place in the Chelsea first-team.

The 22-year-old has so far been overlooked by Three Lions boss Fabio Capello, despite being one of this year's form forwards, and making an impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign.

"If England comes and I play for England then great," Sturridge confirmed. "But I am not really worried about playing for England - it is not something I am really stressing about.

"My main focus is to play for Chelsea every week and if I can do that then I am happy.

"It has been a long time I have been playing at Chelsea now and I have not been playing regularly so for me the most important thing is to be playing regularly.


"I could play a lot better than I am and I am getting used to the position out wide. I enjoy playing there."

Sturridge's bid for international recognition recently received the backing of Blues midfielder Frank Lampard, and now Ashley Cole has reserved praise for his teammate.

"He is one of the hardest guys to mark in training because of the speed he plays at," said Cole. "He can go inside and outside and he is strong.

"He should have been in the last England squad and, if he keeps doing what he is doing, he will be in the squad for Euro 2012, no problem at all."

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