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Daniel Sturridge: England's best striker?

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Daniel Sturridge has scored thee goal for Liverpool already this year, carrying last season's excellent form through into 2013/2014.

Sturridge scored 10 goals in 14 appearances for the Reds last year following his transfer from Chelsea in January.

For many, this will not come as a surprise. Despite not being a regular scorer at Chelsea or Manchester City, when given the chance to start in his favoured position as centre-forward he always seems to have that something special.

A prime example of this is when he was sent out on loan to Bolton, where Sturridge was given the chance to start as the focal point of the attack.  He impressed at the Reebok Stadium and scored eight times in 12 games.

Compare this to his time at Chelsea - where Sturridge scored 12 goals in 37 appearances- and at City – 5 in 21- and it becomes clear that Sturridge is a top quality goalscorer when placed up front and not on the wings.

It’s been a problem area for England in recent years with much of the pressure falling on Wayne Rooney, who himself more of a second striker.

Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson have both tried different players in the forward role but seemingly to no avail. Jermaine Defoe can grab a goal but can’t act as the focal point of an attack. Danny Welbeck is a good target man with good pace but his poor finishing has seen him move down the pecking order.

Then there is Andy Carroll. Opinions are divided on the West Ham man, but there can be no doubt that he is almost the perfect target man, superb at winning headers and very good at holding up the ball. However, a lack of consistency in front of goal lets him down.

Whilst Sturridge is not the best at holding up play and bringing others into the game, his goal scoring statistics speak for themselves. He may well be the man to lead England’s charge to reach the World Cup Final for the first time since 1966.

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