Sturridge grateful for Pearce
Daniel Sturridge paid tribute to coach Stuart Pearce after contributing an impressive display on just his second appearance for England.
Last Updated: 01/03/12 10:32am
Young England striker Daniel Sturridge paid tribute to coach Stuart Pearce after contributing an impressive display on just his second appearance for his country on Wednesday.
Sturridge was named England's man-of-the-match in the 3-2 defeat by Holland at Wembley on Wednesday after replacing the injured Steven Gerrard in the 33rd minute.
The Chelsea frontman says having Pearce in charge put him at ease after working with the coach at Manchester City and at Under-21 level.
"To have Stuart Pearce in charge made my job easy because I know him very well, I know (assistant coach) Steve Wigley very well, and they've helped me throughout my career," he told Sky Sports.
"For them to be involved made it easy for me to feel at home.
"He made my job easy because I felt like I was with the Under-21s."
The striker would be happy for Pearce to remain in charge of England for Euro 2012 but also believes Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp would do a commendable job.
"I've known Pearce since I was 15, when I was at Man City, and to have him as a manager would be great," he said.
"I know Harry Redknapp is in the frame and if Harry Redknapp got the job I'd be very happy also. He's a great man manager, he gets the best out of all the players he has.
"If anyone else comes in from the outside and gets the job I'm sure they'll do a great job for their country also."
Sturridge bruised his toe during Wednesday's game but is hopeful of being fit for Chelsea's trip to West Brom on Saturday.
The 22-year-old is determined to work hard with the Blues for the remainder of the season to secure a place in the England squad for this summer's Euros.
"To be with the full squad is a great achievement for myself," he added.
"It's my second game for the country. I've got three months now with the club to put my best foot forward and work very hard for my club to make sure I get on the plane."