FC Basel vs Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge’s injury keeps him out of England qualifiers

Liverpool striker likely to miss next two England matches

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Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss the next two England internationals after failing to make Liverpool’s squad to face Basel.

The striker has not played since August after injuring his groin in an England training session he specifically asked to sit out.

The fact that England asked him to do sprinting and shooting work two days after the friendly with Norway – something he would not do at club level – was met with anger at Liverpool.

His manager, Brendan Rodgers, had hoped to have Sturridge fit to face Everton last Saturday.

However, he is unlikely to make the West Bromwich game on Saturday and, in that case, will not be made available for England’s home Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia a week Thursday and the following Sunday.

Rodgers said: “We are hoping he can train on Thursday and be available for some involvement on Saturday.

“But, if you are talking about players’ availability [for England] they need to be fit to play and Daniel will not be fit to play.”