While England made it to the World Cup semi-finals with a victory over Sweden today, a player who probably should be out in Russia with them is Daniel Sturridge.
But instead of helping Gareth Southgate’s men to what is the country’s third semi-final in history, Sturridge was turning out for Liverpool in their pre-season opening game against Chester.
And he got on the scoresheet twice, including a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box.
Sturridge’s injury issues over recent seasons have really hurt his productivity both for club and country, ultimately leading to his failed loan at West Brom last term and his last England cap coming against Lithuania in October last year.
So it’s quite sad to see him involved in Liverpool’s first game of the pre-season rather than being out in Russia with England for what is turning into a very memorable World Cup.
But his goals today are a positive sign that he can get back to his best – and he’d have been particularly happy with this:
.@DanielSturridge's second goal was a strike of beauty!! 👌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 7, 2018
It’s hard to see Sturridge having a future at Anfield considering his lack of involvement last season and the quality options Jurgen Klopp has in attack.
But it’s a good start and the Englishman will have to build on it to have a chance.