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There are few players better equipped to discuss the training rituals of Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero than James Milner, and the England midfielder has done just that.
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Milner, who will captain England in tonight’s friendly against the Netherlands, reckons Sturridge possesses finishing abilities on par with the Manchester City man.
The versatile midfielder also added that Sturridge is a better trainer than Aguero, who takes it easy on Thursday and Friday before turning it on at the weekend.
Milner was speaking on the eve of England’s friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley, where Sturridge will win his first cap since September 2014.
The Liverpool forward has had a rotten run of injuries but could play an important part for Roy Hodgson’s team at this summer’s European Championship.
Sturridge can shine in France
Milner certainly hopes Sturridge can produce the goods in France.
He is quoted by the Independent as saying: “He [Sturridge] is probably a better trainer than Aguero. Thursday and Friday, he’s trotting about, Sergio, and then turns it on at the weekend.
“But Studge is sharp in training, can go both ways and score goals. Now he just wants to stay fit and keep scoring goals.”
Sturridge will make just his 17th appearance for England’s senior team, which reflects just how many injuries he has suffered.
A player of Sturridge’s talent should have played more than 16 international games by the age of 26.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker has represented England at every level from Under-16 upwards and made his senior debut in 2011. A recent graphic by Arnost Mertlik revealed that he has had 33 separate injuries in his career.
Hodgson has attacking options
Having him back in the England fold gives Hodgson an array of exciting attacking options, including Sturridge, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney.
The England manager is excited to see what the forward can do when he plays his first international game in 573 days.
“His ability to manipulate the ball, his footwork and close control in tight situations, his acceleration and striking ability... that’s still there,” Hodgson said, per the Independent.
“We’re pleased to have another quality player like Daniel available and knocking on the door, trying to make it clear that he should be the first name on the team sheet. All I can do is give him the opportunity.”
Sturridge has some catching up to do after Kane and Vardy both scored in Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 win against Germany.
But it could be argued that the Liverpool man possesses more talent that his two teammates. He will get the chance to show it tonight.