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England striker Daniel Sturridge admits scoring goals in the World Cup is as tough as it gets and says he will be delighted if he manages to grab just one in Brazil this summer.
The Liverpool striker was a revelation for the Reds last season, firing home 24 goals in all competitions, but he knows it will be much harder in the World Cup.
Scoring goals on the world’s biggest stage is tough at the best of times, but after being drawn in the same group as Italy and Uruguay, it will be even harder for Sturridge.
Sturridge is priced at 77.00 to be the tournament’s leading goalscorer and for that to happen he is going to have to grab the few chances that come his way, and England will also have to go far.
The leading scorer usually bags four goals minimum but Sturridge admits he would be happy to settle for just the one.
“The World Cup is a different level of football to the Premier League,” he said.
“I looked at Gary Lineker’s stats the other day and he scored 10 goals in two World Cups (six in ’86 and four in ’90) I was like ‘wow, that’s a huge task to even reach anywhere near that’.
“Ten goals in two World Cups is incredible. If I can score even one goal I’d be happy because I have come a long way.”
Much will also depend on his partnership with Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and the duo will be working hard over the next few weeks to ensure they have a good understanding going into the opening game with Italy.