Striker Daniel Sturridge has thanked Great Britain manager Stuart Pearce for helping him keep his Olympic dream alive.

The Chelsea forward looked a serious doubt for the Games a fortnight ago when he was confirmed as having viral meningitis, but on Friday night he played 45 minutes of the 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in Middlesbrough. Pearce indicated the 22-year-old is likely to retain his place in the 18-man squad that starts its campaign against Senegal.

"I'm very happy. It's been a long road for me to get back and I've had to go through a lot of stuff over these last couple of weeks," Sturridge said. "Thanks to the manager for being patient and waiting for me to get fit and thanks to the Chelsea doctor for being there for me when I was going through everything."

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