'New Robben provides heightened England competition'

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Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp says striker Daniel Sturridge can become a vital part of England's future after showing some his best form in the win over Manchester City.

After falling a goal behind, Sturridge set up Raul Meireles and then forced the penalty, which Frank Lampard duly converted, to continue Chelsea's resurgence.

And Redknapp says he's seen enough from the England international to suggest he has a big future ahead.

"Sturridge reminds me of Arjen Robben in Jose Mourinho's conquering Chelsea team," Redknapp said.

"He can go outside or inside, will charge at pace, panic defenders and, as we saw against Manchester City, he can change a game.

"Losing 1-0 and heading nowhere, Chelsea needed a special player to drag them back into the match (against City). You talk about moments in games - Sturridge created those moments. He set up the first and won the penalty for the second.

"He looked like a player who thought he could; a swaggering belief in his own quality, although the word was that he would leave his best form on the training ground.

Such has been Sturridge's impact this season, that Redknapp is expecting the 22-year-old to contest Theo Walcott for his position wide on the right in Fabio Capello England side.

"If the old outside-right position is where he will stay then he's in direct competition with Theo Walcott for England.

"I'm a Theo fan and he has been involved in a lot of Robin van Persie's goals this season, but Sturridge creates heightened competition."

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