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Mum's the word for Daniel

GOOD TO TALK: Daniel Sturridge

BEFORE HE had scored his ever first goal at a World Cup Daniel Sturridge needed only to talk to his mum to find the inspiration and know what he had to do. " She said good luck! Mash it up son, mash it up!"

And mash it up he certainly did, when taking Wayne Rooney's cross to level for England against Italy last Saturday. The goal may have been in vain in a 2-1 ultimate loss to the Azzuri, but says Sturridge, the goal has made him feeling " hungry and confident," as England approach their crucial Group D clash against Uruguay in São Paulo.

A familiar face in the shape of his Liverpool strike partner Luis Suarez awaits Sturridge and his England team mates, but the 24 year old knows what he needs to do.

"I'm going to do anything in my power to win, I'm talking anything. I'm serious. I'm prepared to do anything to win this next game. It's do or die. It's a World Cup," said Sturridge, who admitted to not having been in touch with Suarez via text or any other form of communication.

While Roy Hodgson has a selection dilemma over where to accommodate Rooney in England's starting line up, Sturridge accepts that he and his team mates may have to be cute under pressure from their South American opponents.

" I'm not saying I'm going to dive or do anything that's not within the laws of the game, but I will do anything - like my team-mates - to win this game."

Would he have to consider to be "creative" to get an advantage? "It's not in my nature," continued Sturridge.

"Within the rules of the game, I'll do anything, just like every Uruguayan player will. They're hungry and want to go through, and we want to go through."

He added that he would be "devastated" to exit the tournament at the group stage and said the England players would "work our socks off more than we've ever done before."

Should the unthinkable happen and England fail to progress beyond the group stage, Sturridge accepts that he would be "devastated."

However, that well known phrase that 'mom always knows best,' will be ringing in his ear, and under the watchful eye of Hodgson and the nation, Sturridge will be given licence to continue to mash it up in Brazil.

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