Daniel Sturridge hits out at critics over his selfish tag
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.
England’s Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their first goal