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England boss Hodgson to consult Liverpool about Sturridge

By Robert Jones

England manager Roy Hodgson has not spoken to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of tomorrow's squad announcement for the matches against Slovenia and Scotland.

England play Slovenia in a European Championship qualifier on November 15 before facing Scotland in a friendly three days later.

Reds forward Sturridge, who has been sidelined since early September with a thigh injury suffered on England duty and a calf problem, travelled to Spain with Liverpool for last night's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Three Lions boss Hodgson revealed he still has to check with Rodgers about the 25-year-old's fitness before including him in the squad.

When asked if he had spoken to Ulsterman Rodgers, Hodgson said: "No but I have it in mind to do so of course.

"I was waiting to see what the situation would be with him (Sturridge). It's very good news to hear that he's travelled but of course before I select him I would check with the player and the club that we were doing the right thing."

While Sturridge's fitness still has a question mark over it, Arsenal welcomed back England star Theo Walcott after a long-term injury.

Walcott missed out on the World Cup in Brazil after suffering a cruciate knee injury in January but came off the bench to play a cameo role in the Gunners' 3-0 win over Burnley at the weekend and was on the bench for last night's Champions League clash with Anderlecht.

"All players who are English and who have any ability are in my thoughts," Hodgson said.

"The managers are very good at allowing them or accepting that they are going to come without any complaint."

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