Daniel Stur­ridge hits out at crit­ics over his self­ish tag

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY DO­MINIC KING /

Daniel Stur­ridge has hit back at claims he is self­ish and in­sists his sta­tus as team player for England is be­ing un­fairly ques­tioned.

The Liver­pool striker set England on their way to a 3-0 win over Scot­land on Fri­day with the open­ing goal and also be­gan the at­tack which led to Adam Lal­lana’s match-clinch­ing sec­ond but there was a lack of warmth in the ova­tion he re­ceived when sub­sti­tuted in the 73rd minute.

Stur­ridge came in for crit­i­cism after last month’s 0-0 draw against Slove­nia in Ljubl­jana and he was the sub­ject of some mock­ing videos on the in­ter­net, the most no­table of which was a clip of Alan Par­tridge shout­ing “Dan! Dan!” re­peat­edly to mimic ex­as­per­ated team-mates when they never re­ceived a pass from him.

This has been a dif­fi­cult sea­son to date for the 26-year-old, who is no longer an au­to­matic starter at Liver­pool, but he has scored twice in his last three ap­pear­ances for England and thinks the scru­tiny to which he is be­ing sub­jected is not re­flec­tive of his per­for­mances.

“I’m not wor­ried about what other peo­ple say about me,’ Stur­ridge said, when asked if he was aware of crit­i­cism.

Asked whether he be­lieved it was valid, he re­sponded brusquely: “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. I feel that I con­trib­ute to the team. I as­sist, I score goals. It doesn’t mat­ter what peo­ple say about me.”

In the cir­cum­stances on Fri­day, though, Stur­ridge did well to make an im­pres­sion. England’s per­for­mance lacked charm and, to prove that point, Stur­ridge only man­aged to make 17 passes in the time he was on the pitch.

He didn’t touch the ball un­til the 23rd minute.

Watch­ing him in the laboured open­ing stages, it seemed as if he de­cided to grasp the ini­tia­tive and make some­thing hap­pen him­self.


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