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Hodgson clueless on Sturridge

2014-11-04 23:15
Daniel Sturridge (AFP)

London - England manager Roy Hodgson has not been in contact with Liverpool regarding the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of unveiling his squad to play Slovenia and Scotland, he said Tuesday.

Hodgson's men play Slovenia in a European Championship qualifier on November 15 before facing old rivals Scotland in a friendly international three days later.

Sturridge has been out of action since September with a thigh injury suffered on England duty and has since suffered a calf problem.

However, he travelled with Liverpool's squad to Spain for their Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday but was not included in the matchday line-up.

When asked if he had spoken to Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, Hodgson told Sky Sports News: "No, not at the moment, but I have it in mind to do so of course.

"I was waiting to see what the situation would be with him (Sturridge). It's very good news to hear that he's travelled but of course before I select him again I would check with the player and the club that we were doing the right thing."

While Sturridge's fitness still has a question mark over it, Arsenal welcomed back fellow England star Theo Walcott after a long-term injury.

"All players who are English and who have any ability are in my thoughts," Hodgson said as he gave little away regarding his next squad.

"It's very rare that there would be an English player who 's got any ability and who is available to play for England, who has not retired or who is obviously not in his best form, anyone else is always in our thoughts.

"(Arsenal manager) Arsene (Wenger) has never been a problem in that regard and neither have the other managers for that matter.

"I've been very fortunate in that normally when players are fit and able to come with the national team, the managers are very good at allowing them or accepting that they are going to come without any complaint.

"It's nice of course when a manager like Arsene goes out and has a player that's been out for a long, long time and says that if we want to select him we can."

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