Chelsea ace impressed by Crystal Palace starlet in England training

15:15 12 November 2012

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in action for England Under-21s. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Daniel Sturridge has revealed he was impressed by England new boy Wilfried Zaha in his first training session with the national team today and says he is looking forward to playing with the 20-year-old.

The Crystal Palace winger has been in electric form for the Championship leaders this term, and was handed a shock call-up by Roy Hodgson after Theo Walcott’s withdrawal with injury.

Zaha is now in contention for an England debut against Sweden, and Chelsea striker Sturridge thinks he is up to the task.

“I’ve watched him a few times, he is very talented and looked sharp in training today,” Sturridge said.

“He has a lot of skills and I am looking forward to playing with him.

“I think it’s a great vote of confidence from the manager to pick him even though he’s playing in the championship.

“I’m sure that’s given him a lot of confidence.”

As for his own position, Sturridge admitted it can be frustrating to not play as often as he would like for Chelsea, but is grateful for the opportunity to show England manager Roy Hodgson what he is capable of.

“It’s a lot more difficult when you are not playing regularly but I try to train well and as hard as I can and just wait for the opportunities,” he added. “I am thankful for the manager choosing me and giving me the showcase to show what I am capable of.

“When he got the job he made it clear it was not always about players who are starting for the team and if he believes in you he will choose you for his squad.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

British nurse William Pooley is to deliver Channel 4′s Alternative Christmas Message.

Read more

Emmerdale’s Barton boys are set to meet their estranged mum.

Read more

Janey Godley was caught up in the major road incident at George Square today, and gave her testimony of what she saw.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Chelsea Transfer News

Quizzes

Chelsea Wikipedia quiz  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea have had their fair share of club legends in recent times, but have also been the setting for some major flops.

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more