Roy Hodgson has revealed he won’t apologize for playing the Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the recent 1:0 England loss to Germany.
“It was important for me to, if you like it, test his resolve a little bit,” the England manager revealed according to the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wasn’t happy with Hodgson’s decision to play Sturridge, who was still recovering from a thigh problem.
However, the England boss has no regrets: “I might have been guilty of putting his resolve to the test, but I don’t apologise for it.”
"And I am delighted he did get out there [against Germany], even though he maybe himself didn't feel 100%, because that means in future I will know I can trust him as an England player. He is not going to be playing when he feels like it, he is going to be playing when he's fit to play."
According to his club manager Sturridge couldn’t train when he returned from international duty. That is why the striker wasn’t in the starting XI before coming off the bench to score the late equalizer in last week’s Merseyside derby against Everton.
The discussion arose after a new ankle ligament injury, which Sturridge picked up in training before the Hull game and which will rule him out over the busy Christmas period.
“I believe the injury that kept him out at the weekend was nothing to do with the injury he was complaining about after playing for Liverpool,” Hodgson said after the Hull match.