Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge admits he is living the dream at Stamford Bridge, and has thanked manager Andre Villas-Boas for the recent progress he’s made at the club.

Sturridge was named man of the match at Wembley on Wednesday night, coming off the bench in the first half of England’s 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands.

It was the 22-year-old’s second cap for the Three Lions, and whilst reports have suggested the youngster is unhappy and being utilised in a wide area, he’s just delighted to be playing regular football in west London.

"The manager has helped me a lot. He's playing me a lot so I can't complain. I've not had a Chelsea manager do that for me before,” said Sturridge.

"It's helped me so much because previously I've not had a chance to play week in and week out, except when I was on loan at Bolton. To play at one of the best clubs in the world and start every week is a dream come true.

"I love playing for Chelsea. Some of the stuff I've read about me asking for a contract is not true. I've not spoken to the club to ask for a new contract, or told them I'm unhappy. I'm just doing a job. Working hard. I'm not worrying about my contract. It's not true. I'm committed to Chelsea."

Speculation surrounding the manager’s future on the King’s Road has been constant in recent weeks, with the 34-year-old former Porto chief under increased scrutiny after a run of poor results in all competitions.

But, after beating Bolton 3-0 last weekend, the tide could have potentially turned for AVB, and Sturridge insists it’s down to the players to the work on the pitch in an effort to help ease the burden on their manager.

"I just think everyone has to knuckle down and do their job, and focus on winning games for Chelsea. Everybody talks. It's just time to go out and do a job on the football field. That's where our talking is done," added the youngster.

"It doesn't matter what we say off the field. We have to do our talking on the field. It's pointless talking off the field. It's not going to change anything.

"A successful season now would be winning the FA Cup or the Champions League. If we could do one or the other it would be great. I think we've got to get some sort of silverware, and to get in the top four, to qualify for next season's Champions League."

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