Daniel Sturridge recreates Europa League final goal in England training

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Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge is renowned for many things amongst football fans.

Whether it’s for his injury-prone nature or trademark ‘Ride the Wave’ celebration, the 26-year-old is an easily recognisable figure in European football.

However, it would seem Sturridge is also building a reputation for the type of goals he scores.


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Cast your minds back to May 18, 2016, when Liverpool met Sevilla in the Europa League final and took the lead through a wonderful goal from their No.1 striker.

Picking up the ball on the left-hand side of Sevilla's 18-yard box, Sturridge curled a delightful effort into the far corner of David Soria’s net using the outside of his stronger left foot.

It was a sensational strike and one that received much acclaim from pundits and fans alike.

Well, he’s done it again, albeit during England training.

From Marcus Rashford’s knock down, Sturridge bends a shot around the outside of John Stones and past a hapless Tom Heaton (see below).

Clearly, the Liverpool star is doing all he can to convince Roy Hodgson of starting him against Wales on Thursday afternoon.

England’s Euro 2016 campaign got off to a poor start on Saturday after drawing 1-1 with Russia at the Stade Velodrome.

In a fixture that was largely overshadowed by the violence that ensued between fans at the final whistle, Hodgson’s men took the lead through an Eric Dier free-kick but conceded late on to share the spoils.

The pressure is now on heading into Thursday’s clash, with anything less than victory not good enough where their hopes of progressing into the last 16 are concerned.

Wales will enter the game in the knowledge that victory - or even a draw - will be good enough to secure their own place in the next round.

England face a predicament in the build up, though, with senior figures reportedly urging Hodgson to drop Harry Kane and field Jamie Vardy instead.

The 22-year-old striker was poor against Russia and made very little impact throughout the 90 minutes, presumably because he was tired.

One change that desperately needs to be made - according to England fans anyway - is taking Kane off corners.

Hodgson has defended his decision to put the Tottenham star on corner-kick duty but the logic is questionable.

He said: "Harry is the best striker of the ball we have. He’s the one who gives us the best delivery.

"We’ve tried many other players and we don’t get the same level of delivery as we get from Harry."

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