Daniel Sturridge should be the next England captain

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In all the talk and speculation after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football one player's candidacy hasn't been part of the debate and it should have been.

This player is Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge.

On signing for AS Roma Ashley Cole spoke about England and English players being in a "comfort zone" and being unwilling to play abroad. He was right but this comfort zone extents to far more than a desire not to leave English soil.

If you are playing in the Premier League you are on very comfortably/exorbitant wages regardless of what you achieve. This has created a generation of players who aren't pushing themselves to make the most of their potential.


In the England squad, coupled with a lack of competition, the fruits of this attitude are particularly obvious.  Players enjoying poor seasons such as Smalling and Jones can easily make England squads because, there are few options to replace them and there is no expectation that player should be pushing themselves to improve.

In the long term these issue can only be dealt with by having developing more top quality English players. In the short term though England could improve their situation by shaking the culture of the national side up and showing young players like Rodwell that pushing yourself to play regular high quality football is always the right choice for your career.


Daniel Sturridge is one of the few and best English player that represent this. Just look at how he has pushed his own career forward.

At the end of the 2008-09 season Sturridge had just been named Manchester City's Young Player of the season and would have being earning excellent money for someone his age.

Most English players would have stuck around at City no matter what. Instead, Sturridge didn't feel he was getting the opportunities he deserved, let his contract expire and moved to Chelsea.


Despite, having greater first team opportunities at Chelsea, Sturridge found himself playing on the left wing instead of in his favoured central sticker position. Unsatisfied, Sturridge again chased high level first team football by moving to Liverpool.

Finally, playing in a central striker role at Liverpool, Sturridge has gone on to score goals for fun and earn his place as the man leading the line for England.

This confidence, or even arrogance, in his ability  is exactly what England need. They need a player who wants to first team football and won't be satisfied by just sitting on the bench and picking up a bumper pay packet.

Nobody is talking about him but aged 24, Daniel Sturridge should be the next England captain.

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