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England debutant targets Chelsea No.9

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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge wants to lead the line for club and country after making his England debut against Sweden.

Sturridge made a 32-minute cameo appearance against the Swedes to cap an impressive start to the season for the former Manchester City striker.

After spending last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, Sturridge has scored five goals for the Blues upon his return, and he hopes he'll be handed more of an opportunity in the coming months.

"I just want to continue playing for Chelsea and from there I want to start playing as a striker, and from there try to play for England as a striker," he said,

"That's my aim, to be a No.9 for England. I want to stake my claim as a striker, that's the position I want to play.

"I know a lot of the players anyway, from playing against them and playing with them through the ranks so it was easy for me to get involved and integrate with them.

"I think I've played at every level for England so it's great to finally get a full cap for England and hopefully there will be many more."

"I know a lot of the players anyway, from playing against them and playing with them through the ranks so it was easy for me to get involved and integrate with them," he added.

"I think I've played at every level for England so it's great to finally get a full cap for England and hopefully there will be many more."

Such has been Sturridge's form, that he's at times, even usurped Fernando Torres from Chelsea's starting 11, with Andre Villas-Boas preferring the 22-year-old's more fluid style.

Sturridge will now have his eyes firmly fixed on winning a place in England's squad for next summer's European Championships and with no international until at least February, his club form will dictate whether he'll retain his place in Fabio Capello's thinking.

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