Daniel Sturridge is an English professional footballer who was born on September 1, 1989 in Birmingham, England. He plays as a striker but has also played as a winger for his team.
Sturridge began his career at the age of six at a local club Cadbury Athletic. He was spotted there by Aston Villa, so, next year he left them and joined Villa. Four years later, he moved to Coventry City before joining Manchester City. Later with Manchester City, he began his professional club career.
He has also represented England at the U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels of the game. He was also named in the England Under-21 squad for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Even though England was eliminated in the group stage but Sturridge was selected in the team of the tournament.
On November 5, 2011 Sturridge made his debut for England after he was named in the squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden. He was an unused substitute in the match against Spain but he did play against Sweden as he came in as a substitute for Theo Walcott in the second half.
Rise to glory
In May 2014, he was named in the England's squad and scored the opening goal for his team in a friendly match against Peru on May 30 at the Wembley Stadium. As a result, his team won the match 3-0. In the main tournament also, he scored a goal in the England's opening match as they defeated Italy by 2-1 in Manaus.
On July 2, 2012 Sturridge was named in the 18-man squad of the Great Britain but he was suspected with meningitis and there was a possibility oh him not going to the 2012 Olympics. He later recovered and joined his team. But England was not able to go past South Korea in the quarter finals as Sturridge missed the fifth penalty which knocked GB out of the tournament.
Sturridge began his club career with Manchester City during the 2006-07 English season. His debut came against Reading FC in February 2007 as he came in as a substitute for Georgios Samaras in the final quarter of the game. His first goal for them came on January 27, 2008 in an FA Cup match against Sheffield United.
He signed for Chelsea on a four year contract on July 3, 2009. He made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on August 18, 2009 against Sunderland, coming in as a substitute for Didier Drogba. Later that year on September 16, he scored a hattrick in a reserve match against Ipswich Town.
On January 31, 2011 he was loaned to Bolton Wanderers for a season. He scored his first goal for them on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the injury time. For 2012-13 season, Sturridge missed most of the matches for Chelsea as he was playing with Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
On January 2, 2013 Sturridge was transferred to Liverpool on a long term contract for a fees of around £12 million. His debut for them came on January 6 against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup where his first goal for them also came. He continued to play with Arsenal will 2018.
Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan on January 29, 2018 for the remaining 2017-18 Premier League season.
Daniel Sturridge was a part of the Chelsea squad when they won the Premier League in 2009-10; FA Cup in 2009-10 and 2011-12; UEFA Champions League in 2011-12.
He was named in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament in 2011 and PFA Team of the Year during 2013-14 Premier League. He also won the Premier League Player of the Month for August 2013 and February 2014.