John Terry is backing Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge to play a significant role for both club and country.
The 22-year-old is in line to make his senior international debut against Sweden on Tuesday following an impressive start to the campaign on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Last term, Sturridge spent a spell on loan with Bolton, where he showcased his potential with eight goals in 12 appearances for Owen Coyle's side.
The former Manchester City forward has since found the net on five occasions for Chelsea and continues to impress all and sundry with his attitude and endeavour.
And Terry certainly believes it is time Sturridge was given his full international colours by Fabio Capello.
“Sturridge is ready," said the Chelsea and England captain on Monday.
"He’s been playing well for us [Chelsea] and he was unfortunate after the pre-season he had that he had a suspension because, speaking to the manager, he would have been the first name on the team sheet.
“He’s been playing really well, scoring goals, and doing his defensive duties. He can play centrally or out wide and he can give a lot to the team.
"If he does start [against Sweden] it will be fully deserved.”
Terry added: "Even a couple of years ago you could pick the side and the squad, but now there are younger players really pushing and it’s a great position for the manager to be in, and for us to be in as a country.
"I’ve been impressed [with the youngsters] and long may that continue.”
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