London – Daniel Sturridge faced an angry backlash from fans after appearing to suggest playing for Liverpool meant more to him than representing England.
The injured striker came under fire on Twitter after an interview on Liverpool’s official website, hours before Tuesday night’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Kiev.
He infuriated England followers by saying: “I’m more worried about Liverpool and more worried about putting in good performances for us, us winning games and challenging for trophies. That is my main ambition – it’s not about playing for England. That comes with doing the things you do for your club and, if I don’t play well here, I won’t get the opportunity to do it there (at the World Cup finals).”
Supporters up and down the country interpreted that as an admission that Liverpool came above England on the 24-year old’s list of priorities. He was forced to defend himself to his 340,000 Twitter followers, claiming his sentiments had been misunderstood.
While it was an attempt to pacify England supporters, there was an encouraging message for Liverpool fans as well as he predicted a return to Premier League action at Swansea on Monday.
Sturridge tweeted: “Some people never understand. Read the interview. If I do well for my club, I will play for England. If I’m not fit, I can’t play. Don’t get it twisted.. England is the pinnacle. To play for them is a dream come true. Just hoping to recover for Monday.” – Daily Mail