Gerrard: Stage is set for Sturridge
Sturridge has recovered from a thigh problem to earn a start up front alongside Wayne Rooney at Wembley.
It will be his ninth England appearance and he is seeking a third goal, following strikes against San Marino and Montenegro.
Now Gerrard hopes the former Manchester City youngster will show his worth on the international stage.
Gerrard said: "I was surprised Chelsea let him go. I'd seen flashes of Daniel at Manchester City and also Chelsea and really liked what I saw.
"Now I've worked with him in close quarters on a daily basis, but also in games with Liverpool and England, I'm a huge fan.
"The stage is set for Daniel to go on and prove to everyone that he's a top-class forward.
"You talk about his partnership with Wayne Rooney. The difference is Wayne's done it, Daniel's got to go and do it now. He's certainly got the talent."
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