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Sturridge defends England appearance

November 26, 2013
By ESPN staff,

Daniel Sturridge has defended his decision to play 90 minutes against Germany last week after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers criticised his fitness levels upon returning from the international break.

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Sturridge was dropped to the bench for the Merseyside derby draw with Everton on Saturday after Rodgers claimed he was "not right" to play.

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The Reds manager was adamant Sturridge should not have been selected in Roy Hodgson's side if he was not 100 per cent fit, but the striker insists he would make the same call again.

"For me, regardless of what condition you are in, if you are selected by the England manager, you go out there and do the best you can, regardless of whether you are carrying an injury or not," Sturridge is quoted in the Mirror.

"The England manager gave me an opportunity and it’s always a pleasure to put the England shirt on. Regardless of what condition you're in, fit or not fit, if you are selected for England you go out there and do your best."

Sturridge has admitted he is still suffering from a thigh injury but is hoping to prove himself to Rodgers and regain his place in the starting line-up for Liverpool's trip to Hull on Sunday.

"I have been hampered for the past three games," he added. "Since West Brom when I got the bang I’ve had blood underneath my muscles in my thigh. It’s still there now. When I shoot from long distance I still feel pain but it’s getting better.

"It’s important that I’m training. I didn’t get to train much when I was away with England -- I only trained once before the game.

"I need to get the momentum going and just try to get it right and make sure I’m in the right condition to be able to go out there and do myself justice.

"I hope I'll be fit enough to start against Hull next weekend. It would be great to be back in the side."

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