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Sturridge targets England call-up


Sturridge wants 'fresh start' at Chelsea

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is aiming for an international call-up after his switch from Manchester City to Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old, who has played for England Under-20s, will have the fee for his move decided by a tribunal.

"Hopefully by coming here I can get chance to get into the full England squad and push myself," he said.

"Any player at a big club will believe they can push themselves to get into the squad."

Sturridge, the nephew of ex-Derby County striker Dean Sturridge, said the chance to win trophies and play in the Champions League were the biggest factors in his decision to move.

"I am very ambitious and want to push myself to the highest level and play with the best in the world. I believe I can achieve big things here," he admitted.

"I am very young and I will be very patient because there are world-class players here. I am not going to get too upset if I am not playing because I know it is a long season and there are a lot of games."


"I want to win as many trophies as I can. I am not saying Man City have not got ambitions for the Champions League or for any competition, but the main thing for me was to come to Chelsea to better me as a player.

"I will become a man here. The likes of John Terry will push me on to become a better player."

City bid £30m for Terry last week but although Chelsea insisted their captain was going nowhere, there is speculation that another offer may be in the pipeline.

Sturridge added: "Manchester City are a completely different club to Chelsea. I have signed for Chelsea, and City are in the past. Myself and Mark Hughes didn't have any talks about me leaving City.

"Hopefully as the season goes on I will get the opportunities and show the fans what abilities I have."

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Chelsea sign Man City's Sturridge
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Man City allow quartet to leave
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