Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge relaxed about World Cup role
Daniel Sturridge insists he will not buckle under the pressure of being England's World Cup number nine.
Sturridge underlined his status as one of Europe's most promising strikers last season when he scored 21 goals in the Barclays Premier League.
The 24-year-old's career has blossomed since he moved to Anfield, where he formed a lethal partnership with top scorer Luis Suarez, but he is yet to repeat that kind of form on the international stage.
Sturridge will be the spearhead of England's attack this summer, just as Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Charlton were when they wore the famous number nine.
The former Chelsea man only has 10 caps but he is relaxed about leading the line for England in Brazil.
"I don't feel any pressure in terms of the task ahead because I feel that we have prepared for this," said Sturridge.
"I am excited. When you are young you always want these moments. This is my first World Cup. It's just embracing it all and not worrying about feeling any pressure. I just have to play my normal game."