International Friendly: Sturridge ready for Germany

Daniel Sturridge England v German

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Daniel Sturridge has recovered sufficiently from a thigh injury to be named in England’s starting line-up against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

The Liverpool striker is one of nine changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Chile on Friday, with just Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and Southampton’s Adam Lallana surviving the cull.

The players took part in a training session on Monday, with Sturridge looking fast and sharp.

“Last week he couldn’t take much part in training. He was having treatment from the injury he brought with him, but that is improving all the time,” said boss Roy Hodgson.

“The only reason he came off after two of the training sectors, if you like, of the game we were playing, was to give Rickie Lambert a chance also to play at centre forward.

“There’s a good chance I want to see him on Tuesday night as well as Daniel Sturridge.”

Captain Steven Gerrard will make his 108th appearance in an England shirt to move level with Bobby Moore in the all-time list, and is one of three survivors from the 4-1 defeat by Germany in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the others being Rooney and Ashley Cole.

Joe Hart returns in goal and will need to be in top form, as although Germany coach Joachim Low has rested key players Mesut Ozil and Philip Lahm and given goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the night off, he can still boast a strong squad capable of troubling the best sides in the world.

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