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Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Andre Sturridge (born 1 September 1989) is an English association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. and the England national football team. Daniel Sturridge is primarily a forward (association football), although Daniel Sturridge has been deployed as a Midfielder Winger for Chelsea. Daniel Sturridge is talented young player who is widely known for Daniel Sturridge pace, dribbling skills a powerful long-range shot and Daniel Sturridge ability to play as a striker or a right winger, although Daniel Sturridge plays predominantly on Daniel Sturridge left foot in a style similar to that of players such as Hulk (footballer) and Arjen Robben.

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Daniel Andre Sturridge (born 1 September 1989) is an English association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. and the England national football team. Daniel Sturridge is primarily a forward (association football), although Daniel Sturridge has been deployed as a Midfielder Winger for Chelsea. Daniel Sturridge is talented young player who is widely known for Daniel Sturridge pace, dribbling skills a powerful long-range shot and Daniel Sturridge ability to play as a striker or a right winger, although Daniel Sturridge plays predominantly on Daniel Sturridge left foot in a style similar to that of players such as Hulk (footballer) and Arjen Robben.

Sturridge was born in Birmingham, where Daniel Sturridge joined Aston Villa F.C., before joining Coventry City F.C. in 2002. Daniel Sturridge then signed for Manchester City F.C. a year later. Daniel Sturridge continued Daniel Sturridge development at City and played in two FA Youth Cup finals. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge first team debut in the 2007–08 season, becoming the only player ever to score in the FA Youth Cup, FA Cup and Premier League in the same season. Daniel Sturridge left City in 2009 and signed for Chelsea, where Daniel Sturridge was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers F.C. for the second half of the 2010–11 season. After a successful transfer at Bolton, scoring 8 goals in 12 appearances, Sturridge returned to the Chelsea squad for the 2011–12 season, under new Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas. Daniel Sturridge continued to perform for Chelsea and made a first-team breakthrough in the first half of the 2011–12 season.

Sturridge has represented England at England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, England national under-18 football team, England national under-19 football team, England national under-20 football team, England national under-21 football team and England national football team levels. Daniel Sturridge made 15 appearances and scored four goals for the under-21 side. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge debut for England national football team against Sweden on 15 November 2011.

Sturridge comes from a footballing family as Daniel Sturridge is the nephew of former football strikers Simon Sturridge and Dean Sturridge.

Club career

Youth career

Sturridge began Daniel Sturridge playing career at local club Aston Villa. Daniel Sturridge then moved to Coventry City F.C. in 2002, from where Daniel Sturridge joined Manchester City F.C.'s Manchester City F.C. Reserves and Academy in 2003, aged 13. A The Football League committee later ordered Manchester City to pay Coventry £30,000 compensation, with further payments up to a maximum of £200,000 based upon appearances and international honours. The following year, Daniel Sturridge was the leading scorer and voted player of the season (the only other person to achieve this was Argentine footballer Carlos Tévez) as City won the Manchester United Premier Cup, the world's largest under-15 tournament. At 16, Daniel Sturridge played for Manchester City Youth during their 2006 FA Youth Cup run. The youngest player in the side, Daniel Sturridge scored four goals en route to the final, and another two in the final, though they were insufficient to prevent a 3–2 aggregate defeat to Liverpool F.C.. That summer, Daniel Sturridge signed Daniel Sturridge first professional contract, which came into effect when Daniel Sturridge turned 17.

Manchester City

From the start of the 2006–07 in English football season, Sturridge began to train with the City first team. A hat-trick in a reserve match was rewarded by a place on the substitutes' bench for the senior side's match with Reading F.C. in February 2007. Daniel Sturridge made a second substitute appearance a month later, but then suffered a hip injury which sidelined Daniel Sturridge for the remainder of 2007.

Daniel Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge first goal for City on 27 January 2008 in an FA Cup match against Sheffield United F.C., followed three days later by Daniel Sturridge first league goal on Daniel Sturridge full debut, against Derby County F.C.. However, first team opportunities were sporadic, so Sturridge continued to play for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup. City again reached the final, with Sturridge the leading scorer in the competition. This time City won the final, with Sturridge scoring in the first leg. In the 2007–08 in English football season, Sturridge became the only player ever to score in the Youth FA Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League in the same season.

As of 1 May 2009, after 16 appearances in the 2008–09 Premier League season, Sturridge had scored four goals and provided three assists. At the end of the 2008–09 season, the Manchester City fans voted Sturridge as the Manchester City Young Player of the Season, in which Daniel Sturridge dedicated the award to Daniel Sturridge family and Daniel Sturridge uncle Dean.

Chelsea

With Sturridge's contract at Manchester City expired, Daniel Sturridge signed for Chelsea on a four-year contract on 3 July 2009. As Sturridge is under the age of 24, and the two sides were unable to agree a deal, the fee for Sturridge was decided by a tribunal. The Professional Football Compensation Committee decided on 14 January 2010, that Chelsea would pay an initial fee of £3.5 million with additional payments of £500,000 after each of 10, 20, 30 and 40 first-team competitive appearances. There will also be a further payment of £1 million if the player makes a full international appearance, and Manchester City will receive 15 percent of any sell-on fee if Sturridge is transferred.

2009–10 season

Daniel Sturridge first goal for Chelsea was on Daniel Sturridge debut, a friendly match against Seattle Sounders FC on 18 July 2009, in the twelfth minute of the match Daniel Sturridge scored the first goal. Chelsea won the match 2–0. Sturridge played Daniel Sturridge second game for Chelsea against former Chelsea manager José Mourinho's F.C. Internazionale Milano, during which Daniel Sturridge won a penalty that player Frank Lampard scored from. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge Premier League debut for Chelsea on 18 August 2009 against Sunderland A.F.C., coming on for Didier Drogba. On 16 September 2009, Sturridge scored a hat-trick in a reserve game against Ipswich Town F.C.. On 28 October 2009, Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge first start for the club in a League Cup win against Bolton Wanderers F.C. at Stamford Bridge.

On 20 December, Sturridge came on as a substitute at half time against West Ham United F.C. and won Chelsea a controversial penalty which Lampard converted. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge first start in the Premier League for Chelsea away against Birmingham City F.C. on Boxing day. Daniel Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge first two goals for Chelsea against Watford F.C. in the FA Cup third round on 3 January 2010.
Daniel Sturridge continued to show Daniel Sturridge ability with a real poachers effort in a 2–0 victory in the FA Cup against Preston North End, scoring Daniel Sturridge third goal for Chelsea in January. On 13 February 2010, Daniel Sturridge netted again against Cardiff City, as Chelsea won 4–1. Daniel Sturridge became the only player to score in the third, fourth and fifth round of the FA Cup that season. Daniel is one of only five English forwards to have played in the Champions League that season (the others being Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Matt Derbyshire). Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge first League goal for Chelsea on 25 April 2010, in a 7–0 victory over Stoke City F.C. at Stamford Bridge, by latching onto a through ball, before rounding the goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, and slotting the ball home. During the 2010 FA Cup Final Daniel Sturridge came on as a 90th minute substitute for Chelsea, as they won 1–0 against Portsmouth. Sturridge finished the 2009–10 FA Cup campaign as the leading scorer for Chelsea with four goals.

2010–11 season

On 15 September 2010 Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge full UEFA Champions League debut against Slovakian side MŠK Žilina. Daniel Sturridge scored on Daniel Sturridge debut (thus Daniel Sturridge first UEFA Champions League goal) in a 4–1 away victory. In the Premier League, in a 1–0 loss to Daniel Sturridge former club Manchester City F.C., Sturridge came on as a substitute for striker Didier Drogba.
Daniel Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge second goal in the Champions League against Žilina, which Chelsea went on to win 2–1. Later on that season Daniel Sturridge scored two right footed goals against Ipswich Town F.C

Loan to Bolton Wanderers

On 31 January 2011, Sturridge agreed to join Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal until the end of the season. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge debut, coming on as a substitute, two days later at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., scoring Daniel Sturridge first goal in the process. Daniel Sturridge followed this with another goal in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. the following weekend, in which Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge first start, before scoring Daniel Sturridge third goal in three games in the 2–0 victory over Everton F.C.. When Sturridge scored the equaliser against Newcastle United F.C. in Daniel Sturridge fourth game, Daniel Sturridge became only the sixth player to score in Daniel Sturridge first four games for a club in the Premier League. Sturridge continued to make an impact at Bolton and finished Daniel Sturridge loan spell with 8 goals in 12 appearances at the club. Having never been booked in Daniel Sturridge career, Sturridge received Daniel Sturridge first ever red card in the final game of the season against former club Manchester City F.C..

2011–12 season

The pre-season prior to the start of the 2011–12 season, Sturridge was given chances to prove himself by new manager André Villas-Boas and impressed, scoring an impressive solo effort against Hong Kong club Kitchee SC and then scoring a brace against Scottish giants Rangers F.C. .

Having received a red card in the final game for Bolton, Sturridge was suspended for the first three competitive matches in the 2011–12 season for Chelsea. Despite rumours linking Daniel Sturridge with a move away on deadline day, Sturridge remained in West London, with strong support from Villas-Boas, by saying 'he would have been playing if Daniel Sturridge was not suspended from last season'. During Daniel Sturridge comeback from suspension, in the fixture against Sunderland A.F.C. at the Stadium of Light, Sturridge started and scored with a back-heel in the 50th minute to put Chelsea up 2–0. Chelsea went on to win the match 2–1. Sturridge returned to the Reebok Stadium on 2 October 2011. Daniel Sturridge scored twice within the first 30 minutes, the first a header after 90 seconds from a corner and the second a long shot from outside the box, which the goal keeper Ádám Bogdán made an error of saving. Daniel Sturridge also made an assist to Frank Lampard's goal in the 15th minute of the match, which ended 5–1. On 15 October 2011, Daniel Sturridge scored against Everton in a 3–1 win, giving Daniel Sturridge four league goals in four games. Sturridge came on as a substitute in the Carling Cup match against Everton on the 90 minute, in which Daniel Sturridge scored a 116th minute winner, which saw Chelsea win 2–1 in extra time, to put them in the last eight. Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge seventh goal in the Premier League season, in a 3–0 victory for Chelsea against Newcastle. On 13 December 2011, during the fixture against Sturridge former club Manchester City at Stamford Bridge (stadium), Sturridge provided an assist for Raul Meireles goal in the 34th minute. The match ended a 2–1 victory, when Frank Lampard scored a late penalty after Joleon Lescott handled Sturridge's shot in the penalty area. Sturridge scored in the away 1–1 draw against Wigan Athletic. Daniel Sturridge controlled Ashley Cole's diagonal long ball with Daniel Sturridge left foot, then scored with Daniel Sturridge right from a tight angle to give Chelsea the lead in the 59th minute. On 22 December 2011, during Chelsea's away clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Sturridge scored Daniel Sturridge 9th goal in the Premier League 2011–12 season, the equaliser in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane.

International career

Youth level

Sturridge has represented England at, England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, England national under-18 football team, England national under-19 football team, England national under-20 football team and England national under-21 football team levels. Daniel Sturridge was an unused substitute in a 1–0 victory against Spain, but Fabio Capello insisted that Sturridge would play against Sweden national football team the following Tuesday and did, as Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge debut coming on as a second half substitute for Theo Walcott. Daniel Sturridge made Daniel Sturridge second appearance against the Netherlands national football team coming on in the first half for the injured Steven Gerrard and caused the Dutch defence problems throughout the match and earned the man of the match award for Daniel Sturridge efforts during the game.

Style of play

Sturridge is known for Daniel Sturridge pace, dribbling ability, powerful long shots and being predominantly left-footed. Daniel Sturridge has been compared to Brazilian striker Hulk (footballer) by former Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas. Villas-Boas said: “Daniel offers me a few of the characteristics I had with Hulk when I was with Daniel Sturridge in Porto." Daniel Sturridge went onto say: "Daniel Sturridge is an extremely quick player, and Daniel Sturridge has technique at pace."

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Sturridge

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