ENGLAND CONFIDENT ON STURRIDGE RECOVERY

Posted on: Mon 10 Sep 2012

Daniel Sturridge should be fit to feature for England tomorrow (Tuesday) evening against Ukraine if called upon, according to his national manager Roy Hodgson.

The striker is suffering from stomach cramps and missed England's training session this morning.

'Daniel actually trained yesterday with these stomach cramps and complained of them but he still got through the training session,' Hodgson told a media conference.

'Today he woke up with the same sort of stomach cramps and the doctor advised us to keep him out of training and to see how things are when he wakes up tomorrow. The doctor is actually quite confident he is going to be okay.'

Sturridge, who has been capped by England twice and featured prominently for the Team GB Olympic team this summer, was an unused substitute in Moldova on Friday night.

Hodgson also confirmed that the only change he is likely to make from that 5-0 victory will be an enforced one, with the injury John Terry picked up during that game ruling him out of tomorrow night's match. Club team-mate Gary Cahill will battle for a starting place in the heart of England's defence with Everton's Phil Jagielka.

'They're both good players so it's obviously a tight decision,' said Hodgson. 'It's actually a nice position to be in when you've got two good players, you trust them both, you think that both are good enough. It's up to me now to choose the one that I think will be the better player for this particular match.'

By Rupert Cane.