10 Oct 2016

Time's Up: Legend insists Sturridge should be replaced by 'incredible' €34m Man Utd attacker for England-Slovenia

After a 5-game barren spell at Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge scored for England on Saturday, but according to Blackburn legend Chris Sutton, the Reds' striker should be dropped for Tuesday's game against Slovenia.

In his Sunday column for the Daily Mail, Sutton insisted:

"Can you argue that Sturridge did enough to start against Slovenia? Possibly not [and] I'd go for Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford through the middle because of the threat they offer in behind".

Rashford is the current flavour of the month amongst pundits, and given his recent record, it's hard to argue against his inclusion.

Additionally, Sutton's reasoning is solid - Sturridge no longer has the explosive turn of pace that made him one of Europe's most effective strikers, and this leads to him coming deep to collect the ball and/or drifting out wide (rather than playing on the shoulders of defenders).

Sturridge scored against Malta, but he did little else in the game, and to be brutally honest, he - and England - should've scored more goals against a team ranked 157th in the world.

From an LFC-centric perspective, I'm secretly hoping that Sturridge is benched for Tuesday's game as I'd rather he be 100% fit to face Man United in a week's time. Plus, if he's on the bench, he can't get injured, which is always a worry, especially on international duty.

^ Sep 2016: Hailed by Martin Odegaard as 'incredible'. €34m-rated (CIES Football Observatory).


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