By Emma Sanders
Chris Sutton has claimed Daniel Sturridge needs to be “more selfish” to be a striking star for England.
Sutton has explaineed in a detailed assessment why the Liverpool forward could be more effective for his country.
“If Daniel Sturridge is going to continue leading the line for England, he needs to be more selfish,” wrote Sutton in the Daily Mail.
“He played far too deep against Malta. That’s not what you want from your No 9. You need him to get in between the centre halves and make those movements in behind.
“It is far too easy for defenders if the centre forward is always in front of them. Surely Sturridge has to understand the role he is playing.”
Former Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker Sutton described the Liverpool forward as an “intelligent footballer” with “tremendous awareness” but said Sturridge wasn’t fulfilling his role correctly for England.
Sturridge scored England’s opener against Malta on Saturday as Gareth Southgate’s side claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory.
It was a dominating performance but many criticised England for not scoring more goals and being more clinical with the number of chances on offer.
Whilst Sutton praises the Liverpool striker for his ability, he goes on to offer further explanation as to why he’s not scoring more for England.
“He is not being picked as a No 10 or a forward who comes in off the wide areas – he needs to take responsibility as a No 9 and offer the threat that a centre forward should offer,” Sutton added.
“It would be interesting to know what Gareth Southgate told him. The manager cannot just let his centre forward go out and play how he wants in the final third – players need clear instruction.”
In other Liverpool news, Jordan Henderson gives his thoughts on Wayne Rooney and his role in the England team.