Ryan Giggs admitted that England striker Daniel Sturridge “has everything”, but questioned whether his decision-making was standing in his way of becoming the nation’s lead striker following a poor performance in the 0-0 draw with Slovenia.
Welshman Giggs played alongside Sturridge when the pair were included in Great Britain’s Olympic football team, where the Manchester United legend got a first-hand look at what Sturridge has to offer.
42-year-old Giggs was in the ITV studio for England’s latest World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, which while it proved disappointing, it kept the Three Lions top of Group F.
He spoke afterwards though in detail at how Sturridge needed to offer more dynamism if he wanted to permanently oust Harry Kane – who remains injured – as England’s regular first-choice striker.
“I played with Sturridge at the Olympics,' Giggs said. “He has everything. He's got a good touch, good finisher, he's quick, he can run the channels but to be a top, top player... decision-making.
“You have to make the right decisions. You have to make the right decisions more often than you make bad decisions. Today there were just too many bad decisions.”
England player ratings vs Slovenia
England player ratings vs Slovenia
1/11 Joe Hart – 9 out of 10
England’s man of the match on the night. The Torino ‘keeper made a number of fantastic saves included a world-class stop just after half time.
2/11 Kyle Walker – 5 out of 10
Couldn’t get forward as much as he would have liked and didn’t stand out defensively either.
3/11 John Stones – 5 out of 10
Unusually sloppy in possession and never looked completely comfortable when defending Slovenian attacks.
4/11 Gary Cahill – 5 out of 10
In Rooney’s absence was supposed to be one of the leaders in the team but his partnership with Stones is still lacking understanding.
5/11 Danny Rose – 5 out of 10
A couple of attacking forays but also left exposed defensively once or twice.
6/11 Eric Dier – 4 out of 10
Another guilty of losing possession too easily and nearly gifted the hosts an opening goal.
7/11 Jordan Henderson – 5 out of 10
Not the all-action performance we saw against Malta but not for the lack of trying. Unclear whether he is England’s long-term leader.
8/11 Dele Alli – 6 out of 10
Tried to create and was England’s best attacking outlet but was missing that final ball on a couple of occasions.
9/11 Jesse Lingard – 5 out of 10
Didn’t see much of the ball but never stopped running. Moved more centrally when Alli went off and had more of an influence.
10/11 Theo Walcott – 3 out of 10
Another below-par display before he was replaced by Townsend. Will have to keep up his Arsenal form if he is going to be picked for the next squad.
11/11 Daniel Sturridge – 5 out of 10
Had a couple of half chances but was mainly restricted to long-range efforts and his decision making was poor at times.
Sturridge missed two good chances and was guilty of holding onto the ball too often when a pass to a teammate in space looked the better option. It was something that also drew criticism from former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright, who wanted to see a better finish from Sturridge when he was put through on goal in the second half only to produce a tame effort towards the impressive Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Sturridge was eventually replaced by Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford, who the two pundits said looked “a lot more dynamic” despite having very little time to impress as he came on in the 82nd minute.Reuse content