Daniel Sturridge says he is prepared to “do anything” to help England beat Uruguay on Thursday in Sao Paulo.

Sturridge scored the only goal in England’s 2-1 defeat to Italy. Sturridge will be up against his club attacking partner Luis Suarez who is famous for his on field trick, but he insists he’ll do everything in his power in the “do or die” fixture.

Sturridge said: “I’ll be truthful, I am going to do anything in my power to win this next game. I am prepared to do anything and I am talking anything.

“I’m being serious. It is do or die. It’s a World Cup. I’m hungry, I’m confident and I’m so happy to be out here. This means everything to every single individual in this squad. Do I want to go home early? No. I want to win this World Cup like everyone back home wants us to win it and I’d be gutted to go out in the group.”

“It means the world to me to play for England and I’d be devastated if that happened. So, yes, anything. And I’m being totally honest with you guys.’

“We’re an honest country” he said. “We go about our business in an honest way. No disrespect to other countries, I’m sure they are honest, too. But we play within the laws of the game. We don’t bend the rules. We play by the book.”

“There’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve gone a long way doing it, from 1966 when we won the World Cup. We played within the laws and that’s how I was brought up, how everyone in our squad was brought up.”

“We don’t like to cheat to win. We want to play in an honest way. That’s how I feel football should be played. I will stay on my feet. I will never dive on purpose to get some guy sent off. I’m not going to handle a goal to stop the ball going in the net because it’s not in my nature.”

“So not diving, but I will do anything – just like every single one of my team-mates – as Uruguay will, too. They’re hungry, just like us. And we’ll work our socks off, do more than we’ve ever done before.”

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney trained with England’s reserves on Monday and take part in extra shooting and passing practice. Rooney is yet to score in a World Cup fixture and his position is under threat with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit to start against Uruguay.


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