Sturridge: Hopefully I'll be on the plane
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Daniel Sturridge is desperate to make it to the FIFA World Cup™ after missing out on England's trip to Rio last summer for their friendly against Brazil due to of injury.

Sturridge revealed he sat out England's 2-0 defeat to Chile because of a thigh injury, rather than the foot problem which has been widely reported, but he is expected to return to the side to face Germany on Tuesday.

The game represents another chance for Sturridge to show that he is the answer to England's problems in the striker department.

England have chopped and change for the last few years as they have sought to find Wayne Rooney a partner, but towards the end of last season following his move to Liverpool, there appeared little doubt that Sturridge was the answer.

After scoring 11 goals in 16 games, Sturridge was handed his first England start against the Republic of Ireland in May. But he lasted just 33 minutes before being substituted with an ankle injury that ruled him out of England's historic friendly against Brazil to open the new Maracana.

"That was a devastating time for me," Sturridge said. "I had to go on holiday to Jamaica with my crutches and a boot. It wasn't nice because it was really hot. I was there, just hobbling around. I haven't been to Brazil. I have heard it's good. Hopefully I will be on the plane next summer."

Not only did the injury deny Sturridge his part in the reopening of arguably the most iconic stadium in football, but it also scuppered his plans to go in to his first full season at maximum fitness.

The striker missed Liverpool's pre-season tour and he was short of match practice ahead of the current campaign. That has not stopped him from scoring freely this season, however.

The 24-year-old has bagged ten goals in 13 matches for Brendan Rodgers' side and he was also on target against Montenegro - a match that put England on the brink of World Cup qualification.

Strike-partner Suarez
Part of the reason behind Sturridge's success on Merseyside is his partnership with Luis Suarez.

Sturridge feels he and Suarez have an "almost telepathic" understanding of each other and the hope within in the England camp is that he and Rooney can build up the same kind of partnership.

"My relationship with Luis is similar (to the one) with Wazza as well," the former Chelsea man added. "We get along on the football field and off it. It's easy to play with players like that, it makes your job easy and you can move around and bounce off each other. It's very easy to play with both of them. I wouldn't say that they are hugely different."

Sturridge was a frustrated spectator on Friday as England were given a big reality check thanks to Alexis Sanchez's double at Wembley. Although his thigh problem does not appear to have fully healed, Sturridge is confident he will be able to perform to his best against the Germans.

"It is not a serious injury so I am hopeful it doesn't continue to linger on," Sturridge said. "I have been playing with it for the last couple of games and it has been hindering my performance.

"I had a scan and the scan showed it was similar to what it was before but it is not a problem for me. I am raring to go for the game. I am delighted that the pain is not as bad and I am looking forward to it."

Germany come to London without a number of key players as manager Joachim Low looks to experiment with his side in the same way that Hodgson did on Friday.

But unlike Hodgson, Low has a number of UEFA Champions League winners as back up. Sturridge is looking forward to being tested against one of the best teams in the world.

"It is a great prospect," he said. "We are playing against a country that plays great football and has got world class players. It will be a great occasion."