Gerrard believes Sturridge will be a leading star at the World Cup
England captain Steven Gerrard believes compatriot Daniel Sturridge will be one of the leading stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Sturridge, who also plays with Gerrard in the Premier League outfit Liverpool, has been in impressive form for club and country.
Sturridge won over the hearts of Three Lions faithful when he scored the winner for England against Denmark last Wednesday. Liverpool skipper Gerrard is highly impressed by Sturridge’s brilliant run of form which has seen the striker score 12 goals in his last 12 games for club and country.
However, Sturridge has yet to show the magnificent form he is enjoying under a Reds jersey with the Three Lions, but Gerrard is confident the young striker will soon find his way to become a prolific player in the England team in the upcoming World Cup.
Gerrard feels England’s attack needs a bit of astute sharpness along with the skill of a knack for scoring goals. Both traits are of a world class striker, and something has already proven he has.
“Daniel's got the world at his feet and he can be whatever he wants to be if he keeps working hard,” Gerrard told the official website of the Football Association. “His form has been scintillating this season and, to see him close up in training, I see what qualities he's got.
“Everyone will be looking for [Luis] Suarez, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the usual suspects, to stand up and be the star of the tournament, but Daniel is certainly capable to go and star at this World Cup.”
Gerrard also talked about Liverpool’s crown jewel Luis Suarez. Gerrard believes the striker is among the best five players in the world, but his friendship with his Liverpool teammate will end on the pitch when England play against Uruguay in Sao Paulo on June 19.
The English midfielder admitted that he would rather have Suarez on his side rather than going through the trouble of playing against him as he is a “world-class player” who has the capability to bring problems to the best opposition.
Gerrard added that Suarez has very “few weaknesses” and that the coveted striker thrived on turning others weaknesses into his advantage. Gerrard further said that he knew how Suarez played and he was well-aware of his strengths. Gerrard warned his compatriots against the former Ajax striker’s abilities and showed faith in England’s ability to win the game.