By Will Butcher

Darius Vassell has picked Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in a 5-a-side team chosen from those he played with during his career.

Vassell played with the England international, 27, during his time at Manchester City after Sturridge had broken into City’s first team.

In a video posted on the Premier League’s official website, Vassell chose Sturridge after claiming that he first noticed the prolific Liverpool striker when he was just 15 years old.

“He’s got great ability,” Vassell declared. “I witnessed that at first hand at Manchester City when he was just 15 years of age. He got promoted to the first team and I remember him knocking us all over, doing nutmegs and performing tricks.

“He can cut inside on that left foot if he is playing on the right or get to the byline if he is playing on the left. He scores goals out of nowhere. With him up front, we would be unstoppable.”

Sturridge was chosen by Vassell alongside ex-Villa duo Mark Bosnich, Lee Hendrie, City captain Vincent Kompany and Brazilian midfielder Elano.

Vassell, who also played for Aston Villa and Leicester City either side of a short stay in Turkey with Ankaragücü, played with Sturridge during his four-year stint on Eastlands.

The 36-year-old, who retired in 2012, was a part of Sven Goran-Eriksson’s England squad that reached the quarter finals of both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.

Sturridge is currently nursing a calf injury and is set to miss Liverpool’s EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Leeds on Tuesday night, as the Merseyside giants eye a place in the semi finals of the competition.

In other Liverpool news, this Leeds defender has give his thoughts on the long-term injury suffered by Philippe Coutinho.