STURRIDGE: Why wasn't he called up for England??

I for one was very surprised that Danny Sturridge wasn't called up to the full England squad for the recent game against Montenegro las...

I for one was very surprised that Danny Sturridge wasn't called up to the full England squad for the recent game against Montenegro last Friday. OK, Sturridge had been out with an injury but he came back and started against Bolton, scored two goals and created one for Frank Lampard!.

Obviously Fabio Capello thinks that we have better options in his position at the moment and didn't select him.

One person who thinks it's only a matter of time before Sturridge is called up is Frank Lampard and he seems to wonder the same thing I do about the recent game and Sturridge being ignored. Frank said:
"There is no doubt Daniel will break through at international level. It's just a matter of when it happens for him.

He can be a great player for Chelsea and for England. He has skill, unbelievable speed off the mark and he can finish. What more can you ask?

He brings the excitement that supporters crave and his pace gives him the ability to beat his man and create a goal out of nothing.

His time with Bolton gave him the confidence that he could do it in the Premier League. He never got the chance here so he went to Bolton, scored regularly and returned to Chelsea for pre-season training with a spring in his step and showed he is going to be a top-drawer player.

You can see the manager trusts him from the fact he has thrown him straight into the team this season.

Sometimes people confuse over-confidence with a desire to do well. He has every right to be confident because he has the ability to become a great player."
I am really pleased Sturridge has come back to Chelsea with a spring in his step and has been determined to show the new manager what he can do and what he offers Chelsea. Think about it, Carlo wasn't giving him his chance, and when he saw Ancelotti was sacked and AVB came in, he must have wondered what would happen to him here.

Again, to his credit, he has worked hard and transformed his game from being an out and out striker into becoming an important part of AVB's plans to utilise him on the right hand side cutting in and expressing himself and his talent.

He has immense skill and raw pace and when you have that in your locker, you will always be a threat to whoever you are put up against. Who can forget his classy back heel out of nothing against Sunderland where he showed he has the quality!

I wrote yesterday about Kalou and the fact that he hasn't done anything in the time he has been given to impress AVB with the time they all had in pre season. Sturridge is the total opposite and just as Frank Lampard has said, he could become a truly great, great player for Chelsea.

It really is just a matter of time before Sturridge is given his England chance and when he is given it, we all know he will take it with both hands.

So what do you think Chelsea fans! Do you think he was right to be overlooked for the last game and do you think he is ready now?


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