Roy Hodgson backs Daniel Sturridge after striker spotted on his phone at England game

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Daniel Sturridge's place at Euro 2016 is under severe threat after rival Marcus Rashford scored for England 138 seconds into his debut. 

Sturridge did not look all that pleased for his team-mate at the Australia game, which England won 2-1, but that might have been because he was a little distracted by thoughts of his latest injury. 

Some fans criticised the striker's lack of team ethic, particularly after he was later spotted looking down at his phone instead of watching the game. 


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But Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has reacted to those criticisms by insisting he has no doubts about the Liverpool forward's commitment. 

Hodgson confident 

"He wasn't on the bench. In an ideal world, you'd want them all to be following the game as closely as I do but this is 2016 and people grow up in a different environment," he told Sky Sports. 

"The one thing I would say about Daniel is, don't try to start questioning his commitment or his desire. If I go to Daniel Sturridge and tell him he isn't going to France, he'll be as disappointed as any other player.

"If I choose him it will be because I am convinced he can handle those situations and if I choose him it will be because I believe he will be able to help us come back with good results from the tournament."

Rashford vs. Sturridge

At present, it is unclear how many strikers Hodgson is intending to take to France, but Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have all but nailed down a place on the plane. 

If Wayne Rooney moves into midfield as expected, that leaves Rashford and Sturridge fighting for what could be one last place in the final 23. 

The Manchester United youngster only made his professional debut for the Red Devils earlier this year, but he certainly looked unfazed by playing for England. Sturridge, of course, is the more seasoned player, though his injury problems have severely limited his opportunities for Liverpool. 

Rashford has certainly done his Euro chances no harm, but Sturridge might have a little way to go if he is to prove to his manager that he is fully determined to contribute to their campaign this summer. 

Should England take Sturridge or Rashford, or both? Have your say in the comments. 

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