England were all sorts of awful against Chile on Friday night, taking advantage of the fact that many of their regulars weren't available for selection and turning in a pretty Hodgson performance as Chile played them off the Wembley pitch. Thankfully another national side arrives soon to do the same, with Germany visiting London ahead of their Tuesday friendly with an England team full of men hoping not to fail spectacularly and have it held against them.
Steven Gerrard may yet be available after having pain-killing injections, possibly to the face, and today Daniel Sturridge has announced that he's planning to be ready if selected as well:
"I've had a lot of treatment last few days, I've been working hard to make sure I'm okay. I'm going to go out on the training field today and I'm raring to go for the game. It was very frustrating. It's important for me to be fit and to play for England, it's an opportunity that I'm relishing. If can remain fit, that's what's important for me, to be putting on the England shirt and playing. It's not a serious injury so I'm hopeful that it doesn't continue to linger on. I've been playing with it for the past couple of games and it's been hindering my performance. But I had a scan and I'm ready to go, I'm delighted the pain's not too bad and I'm looking forward to it."
great not-terrible maddening ohjesusmakeitstop news of some sort for all involved; Sturridge will no doubt want to make an impression with so few chances left, and while his club form easily has him as one of England's best, he's yet to look settled for the national side. Roy Hodgson will relish having him available, especially against a side of Germany's quality. England won't win, of course, but good players are at least nice to have around.
It's maybe not quite so awesome for Liverpool, who have tried to protect him through the early season to mostly positive effect, and the looming derby on Saturday leaves us to hope that if he does take part, it'll be in a limited role that doesn't require much rest or recovery.
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