With Daniel Sturridge having spent most of the past two seasons injured and on the sidelines, there was at least one small silver lining for Liverpool fans: not feeling that small twinge of terror every time he got called up to represent England. Now that he’s fit again, though, the old joy returns.
At this stage, Sturridge isn’t likely to start ahead of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, but having been called up for England’s two friendlies at the end of the month—they face Germany on Saturday, March 26th in Berlin and the Netherlands at Wembley on Tuesday the 29th—he is expected to at least see some action.
Also involved this time around will be four other Liverpool players. Right back Nathaniel Clyne is a lock to start, putting more miles on legs that have barely had a rest at the club level this season, while Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Adam Lallana are all also expected to be heavily involved.
Both matches are in preparation for this summer’s Euros, set to be held in France from the 10th of June to the 10th of July. England, who won their qualification group with ease, are one of six Pot 1 sides along with Germany, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, and hosts France.