Paul Merson claims Liverpool ace should be dropped by England
By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson feels that Daniel Sturridge should not start for England due to his lack of mintues at Liverpool.
The 27-year-old has recently fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino currently occupying the central striker role.
Sturridge has made 10 appearances this season in all competitions and scored four goals, but is still searching for his first Premier League goal.
He has only completed 90 minutes on one occasion this campaign and is battling for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that the striker should not start for England Friday’s match with Scotland as he is not a regular starter for his club.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“I’m a big fan of Daniel Sturridge but I’m also a believer if you’re not playing for your club, you shouldn’t be playing for your country,” Merson told Sky Sports. “When I played, if you were not playing for your team, you were never getting in the [national] squad in a month of Sundays.”
Gareth Southgate’s squad take on Scotland in a World Cup qualifier before facing Spain in a friendly match.
England could turn to attacking options Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford or Wayne Rooney instead of Sturridge, who has 24 caps to his name for the national side.
Liverpool are currently domestic league leaders and the front three of Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane have been in irroestiable form.
Sturridge has proven to be a prolific goal scorer at Anfield and will still be hopefully or regaining a starting position, especially with Mane expected to depart in January for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The English forward has scored an impressive 58 goals in just 102 appearances for the Reds and played a major role in the club’s last title challenge in the 2013/14 season.
In other Liverpool news, the club’s supporters claim that Coutinho is better than this Premier League midfielder.