Former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler believes that England manager Roy Hodgson should take striker Daniel Sturridge to the Euro 2016 even if the player is only half-fit.
The 26-year-old has struggled with recurring injury problems in the last two years and it has limited him to less than 30 appearances in the league. Sturridge, however, is an accomplished goalscorer and he has proven his quality in the years leading up to the 2014-15 season. The England international almost became the top scorer had it not been for Luis Suarez during the 2013-14 season.
After being criticised by manager Jurgen Klopp for failing to overcome minor injuries, Sturridge recently made a comeback and featured in the starting line-up against Aston Villa. He once again proved his worth by scoring yet another league goal. Even though he failed to complete the full 90 minutes, it was a major step in the right direction for the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward. Even though Hodgson has a lot of options other than Sturridge, Fowler reckons that the pace and quality provided by the Liverpool forward will be second to none especially when a tactical changes required in the second half.
Sturridge may not be able to lead the line regularly but he will be able to make a huge impact coming off the bench according to Fowler.“Jamie Vardy is nailed on and he will probably go. Harry Kane, yes, nailed on. Wayne Rooney, nailed on.How many is he going to take? Four, or five?I’d take one more. If I’m being honest, Daniel Sturridge has only played a few games this year. He’s not fit, but I’d still take him.They would be my four. It’s a real, real headache, but it’s a good headache for him (Hodgson) to have,” said Fowler.