Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has made the England squad for Euro 2016, but he’s not satisfied with just that.
Sturridge is joined by Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney as forwards for the Three Lions.
“I have total belief in myself,” said Sturridge. “If the manager picks somebody else that is no problem to me because it is a team game. We can’t win this thing if there are egos or problems in the camp.
“It’s about us being here as a team. I look at other countries in many competitions and when they score everyone is off the bench and they are all involved, all jumping on each other celebrating, and that’s how we have to be. We have to be a team,” said Sturridge.
There’s long been talk about divisions in the England camp due to club rivalries. That was true for a time and each generation does their best to place that behind them and represent their nation. The question is to what degree is England united?
“We are getting on so well off the pitch and on the pitch everyone is getting on so well. If we don’t go into this tournament as a team and be a family…you know, we’re the only people we’ve got out here. We don’t have our mums, dads, kids and all those things here,” added Sturridge.
“If I’m on the side, if Wazza, Rashford, Vardy or Kane are on the side, we are going to do everything we can to help the other two guys score goals.
“That’s what it is about. We are here to win as a team. It’s not about ‘I have to play’ or ‘he has to play’. If we’re not here as a nation, and as a team together, we won’t win it. That’s how it is.”
Sturridge is expected to be on the bench as Vardy and Kane are favourites to challenge for a start, while Rooney could play just behind the striker.
“Nobody wants to sit on the bench. I’m working tirelessly on the training pitch to ensure I’m in the team. If he doesn’t select me, the next day I will be on the training field to ensure I am for the next game,” concluded Sturridge.