Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge claims his penchant for dropping deep in order to assume control of the ball comes from studying the movements of Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo during his formative years.
Sturridge is fast establishing himself among the elite forwards in the Premier League, and his eight goals so far this season place him alongside Sergio Aguero as the most potent player in the division.
The 24-year-old, however, does not consider himself to be a striker in the traditional mould, and uses the example of versatile players such as Henry and Ronaldo as something to aspire towards.
Sturridge's ability and desire to play in positions across the front-line for both Liverpool and England makes him a valuable asset for both, and the Anfield star realises the importance of having more than one string to his bow.
"It's important to mix it up. When I was younger, I used to wear No.10 but I liked playing as a nine so it was kind of weird," Sturridge told reporters.
"When I was younger, I liked to watch players who dropped deep and pick the ball up like Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. It's something I naturally do.
"I'm still working on my game as much as I can now, on strength and my left, but I'm playing in a position where I can play my natural game. I'm just really happy getting opportunities."
The Liverpool forward is set to start for England against Germany on Tuesday having been rested for the encounter with Chile last week.
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