Liverpool boss forbids striker to play for England next week

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will not allow Daniel Sturridge to play for England next week after the striker just returned from an injury, ESPN reports.

Rodgers has confirmed that he asked Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson to not pick Sturridge for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, even if the former Chelsea striker features in this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

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Sturridge has yet to feature since sustaining a thigh problem on international duty after the Reds’ 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on gameweek three, but could make his comeback against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

“Daniel won’t be fit [for England]. Whether he is available for the weekend or not, he won’t be fit,” Rodgers said.

“We are hoping he can develop over the next 24 hours and train with the team on Thursday and be available for some involvement and be in the squad on Saturday, but if you are talking about players’ availability [for international matches], then they need to be fit to play, and Daniel will not be fit to play.”

The statement could put Rodgers in hot water with the English FA ahead of the Three Lions’ qualifying game against San Marino next Thursday.

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