AVB: Sturridge making England claim

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas believes striker Daniel Sturridge is showing his international potential at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old has impressed in the past under Stuart Pearce in the England U21 set-up, and consistently showed his potential whilst on loan with Bolton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League last term.

That form has continued with the Blues in the current campaign after a stunning pre-season under Villas-Boas, and the former Porto boss believes Fabio Capello should start to take note of the talented hitman.

"I don't want to influence any kind of decision but, eventually, any English player who is performing can get a call-up for the national team," said the Blues boss.

"He was pre-selected, eventually he was not selected for the final squad, but that means that he is close and that it can happen for him. He plays for a top club in the world so I don't see any reason why not."

A weekend goal in the 3-1 victory over Everton added further to the player's credentials as a possible replacement for Wayne Rooney in the Euro 2012 group stages, and vindicated the manager's decision to keep the former Manchester City starlet on the club's books.


Owen Coyle was eager to take Sturridge back to the Reebok Stadium before the campaign began, but was politely rejected by good friend 'AVB'.

"I think we always wanted to see him, and that's why we decided to bring him back to our training camp and assess him and make the wise decision," Villas-Boas concluded.

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