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Steven Gerrard praises Liverpool striker

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has joined the bandwagon and praised the in-form Daniel Sturridge, while insisting the striker can be a star for England at the World Cup. 

Since joining Gerrard at Liverpool in January 2013, the 24-year-old has found his feet and has 28 goals in 34 Premier League games, 18 of which have come this season as the Reds bid for the Premier League title. 

Along with striker partner Luis Suarez, Sturridge has been in exceptional form and has helped Brendan Rodgers' side climb up to second in the league. They are now busy preparing to face fierce rivals Manchester United this Sunday. 

WIth England setting their sights on glory in Brazil this summer, Gerrard is confident Sturridge can be England's hero. 

"Daniel’s got the world at his feet and he can be whatever he wants to be if he keeps working hard," he told FA.com

"His form has been scintillating this season and to see him close up in training I see what qualities he’s got. 

"Everyone will be looking for [Luis] Suarez, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the usual suspects, to stand up and be the star of the tournament, but Daniel is certainly capable to go and star at this World Cup."

England have been handed a tricky group at the World Cup when they come up against Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay, with the latter boasting the talents of one particular player - Suarez.

The Uruguayan striker, who ironically was persuaded to stay at Anfield by Gerrard, has been in exceptional from for Liverpool this season and tops the Premier League scoring charts with 24 goals.

Liverpool's skipper has admitted their friendship will be put on hold when they clash. He added: "I’d rather play on the same team as him, of course I would.

"He’s a world-class player who can give problems to any opposition he comes up against. 

"I know him well, I know his strengths and I know the very few weaknesses that he has.

"But I’m looking forward to competing against him."

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