“If I receive a text message about my charity event of course I’m going to reply to it”
“It was my first annual charity event in Birmingham that night,” said Sturrridge after declaring himself fully fit for England’s opening Euro 2016 game, against Russia on Saturday.
“My family had put the event on and they were texting me the whole night.
“I wasn’t sat on the bench, I was behind the bench. It’s important to watch my team-mates play but if I receive a text message about my charity event of course I’m going to reply to it.
“That’s important to me, just as much as it is here. I’m trying to do something positive for my community in Birmingham as well as in Jamaica.
“Of course I want my team-mates to do well and there was no disrespect at all.
“The manager came to me and said he had no problem with it because I was sat behind the bench, not on the bench with the team.”