Hodgson waiting on Sturridge news

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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England manager Roy Hodgson has not spoken to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of his squad announcement for the matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

England play Slovenia in a European Championship qualifier on November 15 before facing Scotland in a friendly match three days later.

Reds forward Sturridge, who has been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury suffered on England duty and a calf problem before his club comeback, has travelled to Spain with Liverpool for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old is not expected to play and Three Lions boss Hodgson revealed he still has to check with Rodgers about the striker’s fitness before including him in the squad.

When asked if he had spoken to Rodgers, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: “No not at the moment but I have it in mind to do so of course.

“I was waiting to see what the situation would be with him (Sturridge). It’s very good news to hear that he’s travelled but of course before I select him again I would check with the player and the club that we were doing the right thing.”

While Sturridge’s fitness still has a question mark over it, Arsenal welcomed back fellow England star Theo Walcott after a long-term injury.

Walcott missed out on the World Cup in Brazil after suffering a cruciate knee injury in January but came off the bench to play a cameo role in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Burnley at the weekend.

Hodgson was playing his cards close to his chest ahead of the squad announcement, but admitted that any English player who is fit could come into the reckoning.

“All players who are English and who have any ability are in my thoughts,” Hodgson said.

“(Arsenal manager) Arsene (Wenger) has never been a problem in that regard and neither have the other managers for that matter.

“I’ve been very fortunate in that normally when players are fit and able to come with the national team, the managers are very good at allowing them or accepting that they are going to come without any complaint.

“It’s nice of course when a manager like Arsene goes out and has a player that’s been out for a long, long time and says that if we want to select him we can.”

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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