Sturridge to get England start
Published : 13 Nov 2011 17:46:53
Fabio Capello has confirmed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge will make his England debut against Sweden on Tuesday as he prepares to unleash the next wave of promising youngsters who could carry his team through Euro 2012.
After handing first appearances to Jack Rodwell and Kyle Walker in Saturday night's 1-0 win over Spain at Wembley, now it is Sturridge's turn to press his claims for a place in next summer's Finals in Poland and Ukraine.
"I need to know the value of the players when they play at Wembley. There is big pressure for all the players here," said the England coach.
Having admitted he had taken a risk in leaving John Terry and Wayne Rooney out of his plans to face the world champions, despite the fact Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere were already missing through injury, Capello could take a huge amount of satisfaction from the outcome.
The hosts remained diligent in their work. And whilst the visitors enjoyed the majority of possession, it was not until the latter stages, when David Villa smacked a shot against the post and Cesc Fabregas wasted a couple of good chances, that Spain really threatened.
"Spain are the best team in the world," said Capello.
"They are difficult to play against because they have so much quality.
"It is impossible to win the ball back off them but the players did what we asked."