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Hodgson: Sturridge can reach 100 caps

ESPN staff
March 2, 2014
Daniel Sturridge has started just four England matches under Roy Hodgson © PA Photos

Roy Hodgson believes Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has the potential to reach 100 caps for England.

Sturridge has been in magnificent form for Liverpool this season, with 10 goals in his last 10 outings and 21 goals for the season overall.

He may only have nine caps so far, but at 24, Hodgson believes Sturridge can be a mainstay of the national side for years to come.

"He has four starts for me and one of them was against the Republic of Ireland last May and he came off injured after 33 minutes. Then he played against Germany in November - so that's not a lot in 25 games," Hodgson said.

"So when I say I am hoping he is going to bring his form to England it's with a view to the future. He should be looking to 50 caps and when he gets his 50, look at 100 caps because he has got the talent to play. I don't think anyone would deny the talent is there.

"He's hardly played for England. Since he's gone to Liverpool, he's done very, very well, but quite often when we've had matches we've been unlucky he's not been available through injury.

"In my 25 games, Daniel hasn't featured anywhere near as often as I would like. Now, I'm hoping, in the next 25, he's going to feature a lot because he's a great talent. He's a goalscorer. The talents he has got, he has got. He's not going to lose them overnight, that's for sure, so his fitness is going to be important and all the time he remains fit and able I am confident he will produce.

"I think that it's exceptional the way he has been playing this year and now it's incumbent upon him to make sure he does that in an England shirt."

Hodgson has also hinted he may rest the likes of Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart for the friendly against Denmark.

Next week's international is the final game before Hodgson selects his World Cup squad on May 13.

Defeat would render Hodgson the first England manager in history to lose three successive home games, but he is determined to experiment as he wants to make sure he has a look at those who are on the fringes of his World Cup squad.

"The Denmark game is very much a game where I've got to think about what experimentations I need," Hodgson said.

"If we take Steven Gerrard, does he need to play against Denmark to prove to me that he needs to play against Italy [in the first match of the World Cup]?

"Would I be better off playing somebody else because I know what Steven Gerrard can do? He's got 103 caps. Could Rooney be in the same category as Gerrard? And Joe Hart too?"

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