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Daniel Sturridge England injury angers Liverpool boss Rodgers

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised England's treatment of Daniel Sturridge after the striker was ruled out for up to three weeks with a thigh problem.

The 25-year-old was injured during a training session at St George's Park last Friday just over 36 hours after playing 89 minutes of the friendly against Norway.

England boss Roy Hodgson was preparing his players for Monday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland but Rodgers claimed had Sturridge been with his club he would have been given extra time to recover in the same situation and suggested the national team set-up did not consider individual needs sufficiently.

“It could be up to three weeks, which is obviously disappointing as I think it could have been an injury which could have been avoided,” said the Reds boss.

“We have Emre Can back from Germany (Under-21s) who could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury he got when they were 6-0 up.

“We got Joe Allen, back after playing on an awful (artificial) pitch, who has an issue with his knee.

“Those are the types of things that can happen in a game and are unfortunate.

“But in Daniel's situation he is a fast and dynamic player and his recovery, like every player here, is individualised.

“The disappointment for us is it would have been a recovery day (not training) for him so for him to pick up a thigh injury when he did was something which was disappointing for us.

“Those types of players you have to recover individually, you can't throw a blanket over them and think one recovery fits everyone.

“Hopefully we can communicate in the future more.

“We have lost a player who was outstanding in his last game against Tottenham and we certainly feel it could have been prevented.”

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