Some 12 months ago, Daniel Sturridge would have been regarded as one of Roy Hodgson’s first names on his England team sheet; now, after making just four Premier League starts this season due to injury, the striker has a lot of work to do to make Euro 2016.
Of his 23-man squad, you would imagine Hodgson will pick four out-and-out strikers. Captain Wayne Rooney will almost certainly feature regardless of his poor form, whilst Tottenham's Harry Kane is sure to be included.
Given his excellent goalscoring record at Liverpool, Sturridge would normally be confident of making the squad, yet his fitness difficulties may prove otherwise. England’s group stage matches will see them play three games in nine days - a run of fixtures the 26-year-old has not managed for a long time.
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If fit, the Reds' star man has the ability to be one of the top strikers at the tournament. In just 61 Premier League games for Liverpool, Sturridge has scored an incredible 38 goals - there are very few front men available to England who boast that sort of record.
The Three Lions also have a number of other options in the position that could see Sturridge miss out on the plane to France.
The emergence of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has made it almost impossible for Hodgson to leave him out, with the 29-year-old leading the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with 19 goals and spearheading his side's title charge.
Southampton’s Charlie Austin will also fancy his chances of making the squad having returned to the Premier League with Southampton, whilst Arsenal's Danny Welbeck marked his long-awaited return with a last-minute winner against Leicester on Sunday and boasts a fine goalscoring record for England.
Sturridge marked his own return with a goal during Liverpool's 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa over the weekend, but the case remains he has a lot of work to do.
Rid of his niggling injuries and find the net consistently between now and the summer and he has every chance of securing his place; fail to do so and Vardy's dream might just become a reality.
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