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Liverpool boss urges England to not pick Daniel Sturridge

Paul at Car Hire Liverpool Airport is hopeful the England manager will see sense and leave out the Liverpool striker for the upcoming international games.

Brendan Rodgers warned England not to pick Liverpool FC striker Daniel Sturridge for their Euro 2016 qualifying doubleheader against San Marino and Estonia, with the boss getting his wish.

Roy Hodgson will name his squad on Thursday but Rodgers has left the former Reds boss in no doubt about his thoughts on whether Sturridge should be included. Tomorrow night’s Champions League clash with FC Basel is the sixth successive Liverpool match Sturridge has missed since suffering a thigh strain on England duty last month.

Sturridge could make his comeback with a cameo role in Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Brom but Rodgers is adamant the prolific front man must remain at Melwood during the international break.

Rodgers said, “Whether he is available for the weekend or not, he won’t be fit. We are hoping he can develop over the next 24 hours and train with the team on Thursday and be available for some involvement and be in the squad on Saturday. But if you are talking about player’s availability they need to be fit to play and Daniel will not be fit to play.”

Rodgers was furious with the England set-up after Sturridge picked up the muscle injury after being pushed too hard during a training session less than 48 hours after playing 89 minutes in a friendly with Norway.