Liverpool supporters didn’t need a reminder, but the world at large was brought back up to speed on just what Daniel Sturridge is good at as the England man broke the deadlock late on as the Three Lions edged past Wales to stake a claim for a spot in the next round of the European Championships.
Real Madrid man Gareth Bale scored his second spectacular free-kick on the hop as the Dragons took a deserved first half lead, but some positive substitutions from England boss Roy Hodgson saw Leicester City prodigy Jamie Vardy pull the match level before Sturridge added a beautifully worked — if not somewhat scrappy — coup de grace in the closing stages.
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“I am grateful to the gaffer for the opportunity and God for allowing me to score,” said Sturridge, obviously beaming after the match. “It is great to help the boys win the game. My brother and my cousin have travelled here to the game and it is great for them to experience this.”
While it’s not particularly nice to stereotype, Liverpool fans as a whole won’t be overly thrilled with the fact that England have a real shot at making the next round, but at the same time, they’ll find it hard to begrudge one of their own success on the international stage. As long as he comes back to Anfield fit, smiling and ready for the new campaign, those of us around these parts are pretty content with whatever goes down in between then and now.