Daniel Sturridge will find out if he has been included in England’s Euro 2016 squad on Tuesday, amid reports claiming he could be one of those axed ahead of the tournament.
Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson has to name a 23-man squad by the end of Tuesday, ahead of the competition that gets underway in France on June 10.
Hodgson has to get rid of three more players in order to reach his final 23 – he initially named 26 for the friendlies with Turkey, Australia and Portugal – with midfielders Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater both looking likely to miss out.
The Telegraph‘s Matt Law claims that it could then be a straight shootout between Sturridge and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend for the final place in the squad, with certain members of the coaching staff favouring one from the other.
It would be a travesty if Sturridge missed out, given his status as a world-class striker, and it would further sum up Hodgson’s and England’s ineptitude.
While the 26-year-old’s injury concerns are clearly playing a part in the decision, to select Man United‘s Marcus Rashford and a limited player like Townsend ahead of him would be truly baffling.
From a Liverpool point of view, it would actually not be a bad thing to see Sturridge enjoy the summer off, but for him to not feature in a major tournament for his country would be a bitter pill to swallow.
All will be revealed later on Tuesday.