By Emma Sanders
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has been named in the 25-man England squad to face Scotland and Spain ahead of Southampton’s Charlie Austin – and fans reacted with frustration on Twitter.
Sturridge has struggled to make the starting line-up for Liverpool this season, with Jurgen Klopp opting to use Roberto Firmino in the centre-forward role.
He has yet to open his Premier League account this season and failed to break his duck as a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s 6-1 demolition of Watford on Sunday.
The 27 year-old was selected for the England squad alongside attackers, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Theo Walcott but Charlie Austin was left out despite producing a number of good performances this season.
Austin has scored seven goals in 13 total appearances for the Saints, whereas Sturridge is yet to score in the Premier League this season and has only scored four goals in the League Cup.
Liverpool’s number 15 has made 19 England appearances and has scored six goals on the international stage but Austin is yet to make an appearance for the Three Lions.
The Southampton forward was called up to the squad to face the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, alongside Jamie Vardy in May 2015, but did not feature.
Sturridge is joined in the England squad by Liverpool teammates, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter: