Slovenia vs England: Ryan Giggs critical of Daniel Sturridge's decision-making after poor showing in goalless draw

Sturridge missed two good chances to score and was substituted late on as England struggled to a 0-0 draw

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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.”

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.