STURRIDGE: ENGLAND AMBITIONS
Daniel Sturridge is hoping to play some part for England in Sweden on Wednesday night.
The striker, whose club appearances this season have been limited, is back in the international setup and is just one of two strikers now available to manager Roy Hodgson following the withdrawal of Wayne Rooney at the weekend. The alternative is Danny Welbeck, with the untried wide men Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha also in contention.
'It's obviously a huge opportunity coming into the squad,' said 23-year-old Sturridge. 'The manager has shown faith in me and I'm looking forward to it.
'When the England manager got the job he said it wasn't going to be always players starting for their teams, and if he believes in you then he is going to pick you for the squads. It's irrelevant whether you're starting for your club if he believes in you.
'It would be fantastic for the manager to choose me from the start. If I can showcase my abilities it will be fantastic and I'll be as sharp as I can be. If I don't start then hopefully I can play some part, any form of minutes for me is fine.'
Injuries and the form of others at Chelsea have denied Sturridge the impact he made last season, where he was a free-scoring presence in the first half of the campaign, but, a year on from his England debut, also against Sweden, he hopes opportunities will come his way to display his talent.
'I don't know what the manager will do, whether I play as a striker or a winger, but that was a year ago and hopefully I've improved since then,' he said.
'It is a lot more difficult when you're not playing regularly but I try and train well, as hard as I can, and wait for the opportunities, and I'm thankful to the England manager for choosing me and giving me the opportunity to showcase what I can do.'
Sturridge is joined in the squad by fellow Chelsea men Ryan Bertrand and Gary Cahill, while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard miss out through injury. The forward also sent his best wishes to John Terry, recently retired from international football, who was injured against Liverpool.
'I spoke to him after the game and he's not too sure what the situation is,' Sturridge said. 'He'll have a scan and after the scan he'll know the injury. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets well soon. He's an influential player and the captain of the club.'