Many people including the English supporters have criticized the development of the youth academies that the English FA have fostered over the years. They attribute this to the lack of success at International level as a reason for overhaul and change. They also point to the lack of Englishman getting regular first team action at the major clubs in the English Premier league as another failure by the developmental stages of the English game.
With that being said, Daniel Sturridge looks to be a testament to the FA’s development, having played for three different English clubs at youth level, four different clubs in the English Premier League, and having represented his country at U16 level all the way to the senior squad. Sturridge has always been a superb talent with loads of potential and athleticism to rival any soccer player in the world.
Since his Liverpool debut, Sturridge has been nothing short of spectacular. It is evident that Jose Mourinho and Chelsea could use Sturridge right now, especially considering the form he is in compared to the other strikers at Stamford Bridge.
If England plans on qualifying first in the group without having to play in a playoff to get into the World Cup in Brazil, then manager Roy Hodgson must make Sturridge a first team regular in the English squad. Certainly, if England has any ambitions of challenging for the World Cup trophy, Sturridge must remain fit and continue to show fantastic form throughout the English Premier League season.