A short while ago it wasn’t even clear if Daniel Sturridge would be on the plane to France for the Euro 2016 Championships this summer, but after his injury time winner against Wales he surely has to be in with a chance of starting against Slovakia in England’s final group stage game.
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England once again looked stale in the first half, and despite predictably dominating possession they were unable to turn their dominance into a lead. After going behind late in the first half Roy Hodgson made changes at the break; Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge taking to the field and the tempo immediately being upped.
Vardy got the first goal with a real poacher’s finish, Ashley Williams mistakenly heading back to the Leicester City man and giving him a real gift. It didn’t look like England were going to break Wales down and get the winner, but Sturridge had other ideas.
The 26-year-old started the move, and after a few quick passes in and around the box the ball found its way back to him. He smuggled the ball over the line with a clever near post finish, sending the players, the fans, the staff, and every England fan watching at home into hysteria.
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With Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling really failing to impress so far this tournament, Sturridge surely has to start against Slovakia. That selfish streak he’s got in him meant he looked more determined than anyone on the pitch to get that all important goal for England, and it obviously paid dividends.