The once Manchester City trainee enjoyed a fantastic 2013/14 campaign in which he netted a whopping 21 goals in the Premier League despite missing large spells through injury.
Had it not been for his team-mate Luis Suarez he would have topped the division’s scoring charts, but the Uruguayan’s razor-sharp form saw him register 31 efforts – for which he was voted as the PFA Player of the Year.
Sturridge has often been shifted to accommodate his strike partner at club level, but he is in line to lead England’s attack at the World Cup this summer, and Wright believes that the prospect of outshining Suarez – whose nation are in the same group as the Three Lions – will spur him on:
“He’s been in the shadow of Suarez.” He told The Mirror. “Whatever he does, he does brilliantly, but he’s been in his shadow.
“So this is his opportunity, playing for his country, to outshine him, to show him what he’s about. Put your chest out and show him.
“I think he’s the kind of player who can respond to that.”