England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a negative assessment of Daniel Sturridge’s chances of making England’s World Cup squad.
Sturridge came on against Lithuania on Sunday, but Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy both pulled out of the squad through injury.
Southgate believes that it is impossible to pick Sturridge to start for his country while he isn’t playing for his club, given the competition for places up front.
“He has obviously had a couple of starts, but opportunities have been a bit limited, so very difficult then to start him in an England shirt when that’s the case,” Southgate said.
“I agree it is positioning on the field with Vardy, Kane, Rashford, in particular, where there is probably one of the most intense competitions that we’ve got. [Danny] Welbeck you could add into that as well.
“That is the challenge, I think Daniel knows that.
“He’s a player who has played an important part earlier in the campaign, he has quality and confidence will come from scoring goals at club level.”
And yet he’s just not going to get enough chances in the league, is he?