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Daniel Sturridge has defended himself on Twitter after appearing to claim playing for Liverpool was more important than representing England.
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Sturridge, who has been ruled out of England’s vital World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on Tuesday through injury, told Liverpool’s official website that his primary focus is on winning trophies with his club.
"I'm more worried about Liverpool and more worried about putting in good performances for us, us winning games and challenging for trophies," Sturridge said. "That's my main ambition -- it's not about playing for England.
"That comes with doing the things you do for your club and, if I don't play well here, I won't get the opportunity to do it there [World Cup finals]."
Fans turned on Sturridge on the social networking site, but the former Manchester City and Chelsea player, who hopes to return to action against Swansea on Monday, told his 340,000 followers the remarks had been misinterpreted.
Don't get it twisted.... England is the pinnacle. To play for them is a dream come true. Just hoping to recover for Monday #Godisgood— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) September 10, 2013
Some people never understand. Read the interview. If I do well for my club I will play for England. If I'm not fit I can't play...— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) September 10, 2013