James Milner backs Daniel Sturridge to come back firing for England ahead of Holland clash

29 Mar

“But the next few weeks are important for those two, because I’d like to see them get a bit more match play and fitness under their belts.”

Welbeck delivered a timely reminder of his talent in the stirring comeback against Germany on Saturday that has fuelled the feel-good factor presently swirling around England and Sturridge would be well-advised to take his chance.

The visit of the Dutch represents the last workout before Hodgson names his squad on May 12 and as such represents a final audition for others, notably Theo Walcott who is in danger of missing another major tournament.

For Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, it will be both the first – and only – time he will have to stake his claim for inclusion in France.

There will be a host of changes from Berlin, though England will expect the same principles to apply with perspiration underpinning inspiration.

“It will be their last opportunity to do it in an England shirt in front of me as manager of the England team but there is a lot of monitoring that we will continue to do in the remainder of the season,” added Hodgson.

Regardless of that, Sturridge must fire.

England (4-3-3): Forster; Walker, Stones, Jagielka, Rose; Milner, Drinkwater, Barkley; Walcott, Sturridge, Vardy.

Holland (4-3-3): Veltman, Van Dijk, Blind, Willems; Bazoer, Clasie, Wijnaldum; Promes, Huntelaar, Memphis.

Referee: Antonio Lahoz (Spain) Kick-off: 8pm TV: ITV


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