Daniel Sturridge admits his main ambition was “not about playing for England”.
Daniel Sturridge says his primary focus is on Liverpool FC – and that any England rewards will come as a result of his club performances.
Sturridge sparked a minor storm yesterday with comments that his main ambition was “not about playing for England”.
It came after the striker, having played through the pain of a thigh problem to score Liverpool’s winner against Manchester United nine days ago, was subsequently forced to miss England’s World Cup qualifying double header against Macedonia and Ukraine.
Sturridge, though, took to Twitter to point out any criticism was taken out of context and that any international call-up would be because of his club endeavours.
“Don’t get it twisted... England is the pinnacle,” said the 24-year-old.
“To play for them is a dream come true. “Some people never understand. If I do well for my club I will play for England. If I’m not fit I can’t play.”
Sturridge, speaking to the Liverpool official website, had said: “I’m more worried about Liverpool and more worried about putting in good performances for us, us winning games and challenging for trophies.
“That’s my main ambition – it’s not about playing for England.
“That comes with doing the things you do for your club and if I don’t play well here, I won’t get the opportunity to do it there (World Cup finals).”
Sturridge, who has netted five goals in four appearances this season, is hopeful of being available when Liverpool aim to extend their 100% start to the campaign in their Premier League clash at Swansea City on Monday.
Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers claimed Sturridge could be Brazilian such are his attributes, but the player himself maintains he still has plenty of room for improvement.
“It was good to hear,” he said.
“It’s always good to hear positive things from your manager, especially. I’m working as hard as I possibly can and I want to improve as much as possible.
“I’m not resting on my laurels or thinking I’m complete because I know I’m not. I’m trying my best to make sure I improve all the abilities I’ve been blessed with. I won’t stop until I get to where I believe I should be.
“It’s everybody’s ambition (to be the best player in their position). If you play as a centre-half it’s your ambition to be England’s no 1 centre-half, if you play as a goalkeeper you want to be the best goalkeeper in your country – that’s everybody’s aim.
“If you don’t aim for that, you’re aiming for the wrong things.” Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Portugal under-19 international midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira has joined League One outfit Brentford on loan for the remainder of the year.