Daniel Sturridge fully committed to England

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Daniel Sturridge has stated that he is fully committed to the English national team and insists he does not prioritise his club commitments.

The Liverpool striker came in for heavy criticism last month after suggesting that playing for the Merseyside club was more important than turning up for international duty.

Sturridge, who is currently Liverpool's and the outright top goalscorer in the Premier League, missed last month's qualifiers through injury and said that his main focus was winning things with Liverpool.

The 24-year-old featured against Montenegro on Friday in his first competitive appearance since the interview and did himself a wolrd of good by scoring an injury time penalty, which he also won.

Liverpool's main man is hoping another good performance against Poland can help put the controversy behind him.

In an interview with the Life+Times website: "The worst thing was that there was an article on the Liverpool website which they posted out featuring comments I'd made a week prior, so it was taken out of context and the fans had a perception of me that I cared more about my club than my country."

"But the reason I'd said that was because the games you play for your club are the groundwork for becoming an England regular, and if I don't play for Liverpool, I won't get selected for England and not the other way around.

"And that was the most frustrating part for me because the fans didn't understand how much it meant to me to play for England.

"I've not had the opportunity that a lot of other players have had in the past, so for me, it's my time to do what I can do, so it was heart-breaking for me not to be involved -- especially as it could have affected my place in the two games this week, because they're so important and the ones that are going to get us to the World Cup."

Sturridge also insisted that he is looking forward to the potential prospect of playing in a major tournament for England in Brazil next summer but insists the Three Lions would be outsiders should they qualify.

"Hopefully we'll have some success. Everybody wants success. I'm not going to lie and say that isn't the aim, but it's going to be difficult. For now, I just have to concentrate on first helping us get there and then being on that plane. That's the most important thing."

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