England manager Roy Hodgson believes that Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge will form a deadly partnership at the World Cup this summer.

The Liverpool and Manchester United pair are set to line up at the very top end of the Three Lions’ starting XI in Brazil after being named in the 23-man squad alongside Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert.

Unlike the aforementioned pair Rooney and Sturridge were razor-sharp last season, notching a combined 44 goals in all competitions.

However there have been some concerns raised heading into the tournament, with the latter’s recent emergence on the international scene having limited the time they have spent on the pitch together.

But Hodgson says that he has no worries surrounding the pair, and that their ability will come to the fore in this summer:

“It’s one of many potential combinations. What I can say is we’re talking about two first-class players.” He is quoted by The Express.

“I’ve always been of the belief when you’ve got first-class players who don’t have any particular weaknesses, there’s never any reason why they can’t play together.

“I sometimes think we overcomplicate matters by suggesting two good players can’t play together, because there are some similarities. I’ve never subscribed to that theory.”

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