Daniel Sturridge reveals Diego Maradona provided inspiration for England goal, with the Liverpool striker turning to Pele and Paul Gascoigne next
The striker scored the only goal of the match in England's win over Denmark at Wembley
The England striker has revealed that before England's game against Demark in midweek, in which he scored the only goal of the game, he watched clips of the Argentina legend.
The Liverpool striker, who has scored 23 goals in 28 appearances for club and country this term, says he will also be watching clips of other former greats in a bid to inspire him to continue his incredible run of form.
"I have watched clips of so many players," said the former Manchester City and Chelsea player. "Before the Denmark game, I was watching Maradona’s clips to take pointers from the skills he was doing.
"Then I will be watching players like Michael Owen, Gascoigne, Pele, Ronaldo – all these older players who have done it before me."
Sturridge seems among the players certain to go to the World Cup in Brazil with England, but before then he will be focused on Liverpool's push for the Premier League title.
Since making the switch to Anfield he's scored 32 goals in 35 starts but despite appearing to have come good on his potential, Sturridge is keen to keep making strides forward.
“It is important that I improve, that I keep improving,” said Sturridge. “No matter what age I am at, what club I am at. I have to push myself as hard as I possibly can to get as good as I possibly can.”
“You will have highs and lows. My journey has certainly not finished, I am not the complete player. I am still young, but young players have to realise that you can never stop improving. It doesn’t matter what you achieve, there is still more to achieve. It doesn’t matter how many goals you’ve scored, there are still more goals and more appearances.
“Everything is possible if you believe in yourself and have the opportunities to show what you can do. I have been given a platform to be able to perform and I don’t get too excited about anything. I am humbled to be in the position I am in, I am grateful to God, grateful to the managers for believing in me and thankful.”
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