By Alex Taylor

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he sprays fragrance on his kit before matches.

The former Chelsea forward has just returned from a disappointing European Championships with England which saw the Three Lions sent home after an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the round of 16.

Many have criticised England’s high profile players in the wake of the humiliating exit from Euro 2016 for being too pampered and protected.

Sturridge admits he could not care less what others might think about his bizarre pre-match habit.

“People might think it’s strange, but I like smelling it, so it’s not about what anyone else thinks, Sturridge told GQ magazine, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “Fragrance probably shows people who you are as much as your clothes do.”

The 26-year-old forward has scored just 13 goals in an injury plagued season at Anfield and his comments will do little to stem the anger felt by England fans after the players’ underwhelming performances in France.

Sturridge will now focus on pre-season training ahead of Liverpool’s 2016-17 season in the Premier League and will be hoping to put the failures of this summer’s tournament behind him.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have been installed as the favourites to sign Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.