Although Daniel Sturridge won the 2012 Champions League at Chelsea, he was not selected for England's 2012 squad with Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck preferred up front. 

Fast forward to the Three Lions' next tournament and the 24-year-old is set to represent his nation on the biggest stage.

His World Cup certainty has been helped by playing regular football at a big club. Promising spells at Manchester City and Chelsea did not end well for Liverpool's striker.

As he prepares to face his first professional club on Sunday, Sturridge has stated how he felt he made the right decision in leaving Manchester.

"Realistically, you look back and they only have Micah Richards from the academy playing for the club's first team - everyone else has been signed by Man City, so I feel I made the right decision leaving there," he told the Daily Mirror.

Richards' career has since stalled, whereas a former teammate has rediscovered his love for the game since joining the Reds in January 2013.

Sturridge has scored 34 times in 51 appearances after manager Brendan Rodgers bought him from Chelsea.

There he was playing second fiddle to Didier Drogba, preventing him from playing a central role in more ways than one.

Predictably, Sturridge was unhappy with his limited playing time at Stamford Bridge.

"The pitch has always been where I've been able to express myself the most, where I feel happiest, and I was deprived of that opportunity at Chelsea. There were times when I was sat at home, very upset, and I fell out of love with the game," he admitted.

Rodgers' man-management skills have been widely praised and his faith in Sturridge could result in Liverpool's first league title in 24 years.

Perhaps missing Euro 2012 was a blessing in disguise after all.

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