England captain Steven Gerrard praised Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge after the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Peru.

The in-form striker fired the opening goal with a wonderful left-footed effort at Wembley to kick-start an impressive win for Roy Hodgson’s men.

His razor-sharp performance in his favoured central attacking role saw the 24-year-old scoop the man of the match award, and was a real positive for the England boss as he prepares to jet his squad out to Miami ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.

Gerrard has partnered Sturridge all season at Liverpool, and says that he is not at all shocked by his club mate’s performance against Peru in the white shirt:

“It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen it all season with Daniel,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think he got big confidence with the manager putting him in his favoured position tonight and I think that goals will do wonders for him.

“If we’re to progress in the World Cup then we’re going to need Daniel and Wayne (Rooney) to create magical moments and that was certainly one tonight.”

Sturridge himself was happy with his goal, but the forward was more pleased with the positive signs England are showing heading into the World Cup:

“I was pleased (with the goal) but it’s part of the preparation. It’s about the team, it’s about working hard as a team, it’s about the tactics we’re going to be playing in the future, it’s about everybody gelling but it’s all part of the preparations and we take the positives out of it.”

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