Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will put club rivalries to one side in the summer

Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 by Dailystar.co.uk

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will put club rivalries to one side in the summer
ENGLAND BUDDIES: Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will lead the line for Roy Hodgson's men in Brazil

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will go from enemies at Old Trafford on Sunday to best friends in Brazil.

Manchester United host fierce rivals Liverpool in a titanic clash that will see England strike pair Sturridge and Rooney go head-to-head in a battle for three vital points.

And Sturridge revealed how the eagerly-anticipated Manchester meeting will see the duo put their friendship to one side for 90 minutes before they team up this summer to spearhead England's World Cup bid.

Liverpool striker Sturridge said: "Myself and Wayne have been training hard together - we get on very well off the field and have a lot of banter together.

"When we get on the pitch we do the job the best we can and work for each other and the country.

"We just want to try and help the country be successful, that is the most important thing for everyone.

"We have had a lot of banter about things at England, Wayne is a very nice guy and he is someone who helps me out a lot.

"He helped me score my first goal for England at Wembley when he gave me the penalty against Montenegro and he has been so helpful.

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will put club rivalries to one side in the summer
DESPERATE: Sturridge is desperate to be on the plane to brazil

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will put club rivalries to one side in the summerSturridge came face-to-face with the World Cup yesterday during the iconic trophy's Coca Cola-sponsored tour of the country.

He added: "I was eight when I first remember watching the World Cup in 1998.

"At that age you always dream of being involved in such an occasion but you never think you will be.

"I'm not there yet, there's 10 games left in the season, then it is the manager Roy Hodgson's selection. Just to be on plane would be amazing."

Sturridge's stunning 18 goal league haul has helped fire second-placed Liverpool into serious title contention.

But he insists a seventh straight defeat at Old Trafford won't be fatal for their title hopes.

Sturridge s added: "There are so many games left - we have got Chelsea and Manchester City at home, we have got Tottenham at home.

"We have got big games regardless of the Manchester United result.

"Chelsea and Manchester City, if they win their games in hand, are the favourites for me so I would just say that we are looking to play our football."

As ambassador for the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, Daniel Sturridge is encouraging Great Britain to celebrate the FIFA World Cup™ and be healthier and happier by moving more, more often.



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