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Saturday 17 March 2018

Goalscorer Sturridge believes in English system

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal with Steven Gerrard and Chris Smalling during their international friendly soccer match against Denmark.
England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal with Steven Gerrard and Chris Smalling during their international friendly soccer match against Denmark.

Daniel Sturridge vowed to continue working hard for England wherever he is asked to do so by manager Roy Hodgson after his late header earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.

Liverpool forward Sturridge had started on the flanks along with club-mate Raheem Sterling, before moving into a more central role when Wayne Rooney was substituted.

After seeing a couple of chances saved by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel, the striker's persistence was finally rewarded when he headed home a cross from Adam Lallana with eight minutes left.

"It was a good goal, but more important the way that the team played. It is not about myself or my individual attributes, it is about the team, and the result we got," Sturridge said on ITV1.

"Whichever system the manager plays me in, I will put my all into it, 100 per cent.

"It does not matter where I play on the field, it is about making a difference, making an impact and I will just keep trying to get goals and assists from whatever position I am in.

"It was about the team, it does not matter about where you play, you have to do the job the best you can.

"It is about the team, it is not about me, or where I am on the pitch, questioning about what the manager is doing, it is about doing what the manager says and wherever he puts me I will do my best for him."

Sterling was one of five Liverpool players in the starting XI and the 19-year-old forward was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet when he could just not convert a cross from Ashley Cole in the first half, which Denmark defender Jakob Ankersen bundled against the post.

Sturridge is certain there is more to come from his Anfield team-mate.

"He played very well, Razza will keep getting better, he is young and everybody knows what he can do," Sturridge said.

"I know what he can do from playing with him at club level, he will get better and better."

Hodgson accepted England's frontline would need time to gel, whomever was in the side.

"It would be too harsh to judge it on one performance, if we want to use all of these players together - and I thought we had a lot of talent on the field tonight - then there will be some work to do to make sure they gel together," the England manager said on ITV1.

"Unfortunately in the first half, our passing was not neat enough and a bit too slow, we did not get behind the opponents enough.

"In the second enough, we got behind a lot more and a result created the chances which eventually led to the winning goal."

Hodgson felt Denmark had given England a good test.

He added: "Denmark were a very well organised team, they sat behind the ball well and denied us the spaces, so we had to work hard to get to the (goal) situation.

"Although I must say Schmeichel had an outstanding game in goal for them, and we could have led earlier.

"I thought from the 60th to 85th minute, we showed some good play."

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