Sturridge in an England shirt is when not if, says team-mate Lampard


Frank Lampard believes Daniel Sturridge's international breakthrough is inevitable. The 22-year-old forward is not in Fabio Capello's squad for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro, but his Chelsea team-mate, who is in the party, believes that Sturridge's first cap is only a matter of time.

"No doubt he will break through at international level, it is just a matter of when," said Lampard, who has 88 England caps. "He can be a great player for Chelsea and England." Sturridge was arguably England's best player at the European Under-21s Championship in the summer, and while Capello has not yet asked him to step up into the senior squad, Lampard is convinced that he is good enough to do so. "He has got that extra excitement that people crave: pace and the ability to beat a man and make a goal out of nothing."

Sturridge scored twice against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and Lampard, who scored three, attributed Sturridge's development to his loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season. "His spell at Bolton gave him a lot of confidence that he could do it in the Premier League," Lampard said. "He never got that chance here before. He came to Bolton and scored regularly and looked a really exciting player. I watched him a lot here [at Bolton]."

For Bolton, Sturridge scored eight goals in 12 appearances, including four in his first four games. Lampard recalled how his team-mate returned to Chelsea this summer with confidence buoyed: "He came back with a spring in his step for pre-season training and showed he is going to be a top-drawer player. He has unbelievable speed off the mark, skills, finishing – what more can you ask?"

While some have accused Sturridge of over-confidence, Lampard was quick to insist he had exactly the right approach needed to succeed at the top level. "His attitude is great. Sometimes people can mix up over-confidence with desire to do well," he said. "He will try things because he has confidence in his ability and that is great to see – otherwise you probably won't make it as a player. He wants to do well and I like it. I can see the look on his face – he wants to play. If he has not had his best game, he wants to make it better.

"He has all the ability in the world to make a great player. He will still have to learn along the way but you can never take away that inner confidence because that is what makes you that little bit different and little bit special."

Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own