Daniel Sturridge Fit as Roy Hodgson Reveals Team for England vs. Germany

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2013

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Daniel Sturridge will be available for England's friendly against Germany on Tuesday despite picking up an injury in training.

The FA's official Twitter account posted the words of manager Roy Hodgson, who confirmed that the player's injury is improving:

There were initial concerns after the Telegraph's Henry Winter and Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports News both noted that the Liverpool forward had to pull out of Monday's practice session early:

The 24-year-old's last England appearance came in the 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Poland in mid-October, a series of injury setbacks having prevented Sturridge from coming back in time for Friday's loss to Chile.

As Tony Barrett of the Times states, Sturridge did join up with the rest of Hodgson's squad already carrying a niggle, but Three Lions fans will be happy to hear that the striker can make his return to the setup against Joachim Low's side:

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor also noted that it was those training in bibs at Colney that will form Hodgson's starting XI. Hodgson said as much in his press conference, meaning the hosts will line up as follows:

The England boss has almost completely changed his lineup for the German encounter, with Adam Lallana and Wayne Rooney the only players retained from last week's starting XI against Chile.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jagielka come in to form a new-look centre-back partnership, while Kyle Walker and Ashley Cole look set to replace Glen Johnson and Leighton Baines at right-back and left-back, respectively.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard of England lead their team-mates out for an England Training session ahead of their Group H qualifying match against Poland at London Colney on October 14, 2013 in St Albans,
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The midfield is also morphed as Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and James Milner make way for Steven Gerrard, Andros Townsend and Tom Cleverley.

Rooney will be expected to slip into a supporting role so that Sturridge can roam up top while Lallana and Townsend will provide support from the wings in what looks to be a 4-4-1-1 line-up.

Though his side were bested by Chile last Friday, it shows that Hodgson has faith in his team shape and isn't prepared for any knee-jerk reactions just yet. He was always expected to adjust the personnel but will expect Tuesday's lineup to produce a far more organised display.

Sturridge is currently tied with Sergio Aguero and teammate Luis Suarez as the Premier League's leading scorers, each having notched eight goals in the first 11 games of the campaign.

As such, England will be hoping that the former Manchester City and Chelsea youngster can translate his fine scoring form to the national frame in what will be just his ninth cap for his country.

Germany will be a stern test of the player's mettle, however, with Wembley hoping not to see any further injury scares.