Sturridge talks up McEachran prospects

07 March 2011 03:30
Daniel Sturridge has no doubt fellow Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran will be an England star of the future - if he is allowed to develop at his own pace. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut in the Champions League win over Zilina in September - becoming the first player younger than the competition itself to make an appearance - and has not looked back since. McEachran has played six times in the Barclays Premier League and earned rave reviews from England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce after making his full debut against Italy last month. Sturridge, who will mentor a young player as part of Disney XD's Aim High initiative, has seen McEachran's talents at close quarters on many occasions, and he is certain the teenager has what it takes. The 21-year-old told Press Association Sport: "He's a great friend of mine and I can't talk highly enough of him in every aspect. But I don't want everyone to put too much pressure on him. He's only 18 and he needs to be given time to grow up and to gain experience. "He's a fantastic player with unbelievable talent and he's going to be a hugely important player for Chelsea and England in the future."

Source: PA