Sturridge keen on central role

The 22-year-old has been a bright spark for the Blues this season

under Andre Villas-Boas, scoring four goals in seven Premier League

appearances so far this season. Indeed, he made his England debut

during Tuesday night’s friendly victory over Sweden and is set to

push for a place in Fabio Capello’s squad for Euro 2012. Sturridge

appeared out wide for the Three Lions at Wembley and has been used

in a similar position by Villas-Boas this term. The former

Manchester City striker wants to force himself into a central

position where he feels more comfortable. “I want to continue

playing for Chelsea and from there I want to start playing as a

striker, and from there try to play for England as a striker,” he

said. “That’s my aim, to be a No.9 for England. I want to stake my

claim as a striker, that’s the position I love to play. “Hopefully

the England manager will see me as a striker and will play me there

in the next match I get an opportunity in because that’s where I

believe I’m at my best.”