By Emma Sanders
Ahead of England’s clash against Spain, Liverpool fans have reacted with frustration on Twitter at calls for Marcus Rashford to start ahead of Daniel Sturridge.
The Liverpool striker started against Scotland in England’s World Cup qualifier and scored the opening goal in a comfortable 3-0 victory.
He was given the nod ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who only returned to action in the recent 1-1 draw against Arsenal following a two-month absence.
Sturridge is yet to score a goal in the Premier League so far this season but has been in bright form for England, scoring three goals in his last seven appearances.
Rashford made his international debut in the 2-1 friendly victory against Australia in May and scored after coming on as a second-half substitute. The 19 year-old has scored three goals for Manchester United in the Premier League this season.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
Listening to Sky you'd think Rashford was as good as original Ronaldo and Sturridge is on par with David Nugent.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) November 14, 2016
@SamMcGuire90 Rashford arguably matches Sturridge for finishing, otherwise every part of Sturridge's game is better.
— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) November 14, 2016
@no1confused Well he is m8… Sturridge will always get goals & better than Vardy, Kane, Rooney, Rashford the lot of them!!!
— Danny Bevan (@Bevan2703) November 14, 2016
Quinton Fortune thinks Rashford should be England's first choice striker. Ahead of Sturridge. And Kane. Oh and Vardy. pic.twitter.com/DKdWNkLj4K
— Shez420™ (@Shez420) November 14, 2016
SkySports fuelling 'lazy Sturridge' media narrative with awful stats.Comparing distance ran,no.sprints+touches when he's played 209mins less pic.twitter.com/xiS2472qSK
— Raj Singh Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) November 14, 2016
@MesserBest Don't get why people want to dislike Sturridge. He's boss. Scored a bucket load for us too!
— Robbie Fowler (@StaffordScouse) November 14, 2016
Pretty silly that Sturridge has had to defend himself against lazy allegations when people wanted Defoe in the England team
— Elliott Griffiths (@ElliottBCFC) November 14, 2016
In other Liverpool news, this Barcelona ace is being lined-up as a January replacement for Philippe Coutinho.