Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge must improve his decision-making in order to become a top player, according to former teammate Ryan Giggs. The 42-year-old Welshman played alongside Sturridge during the 2012 Olympics, and while he thinks Sturridge has the potential to become a top-class striker, Giggs feels his decision-making lets him down.
Sturridge, 27, produced an underwhelming performance in England's 0-0 draw in their latest World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Tuesday (11 October). Following the game, Giggs accused Sturridge of making too many bad decisions during the game in Ljubljana.
"I played with Sturridge at the Olympics [in 2012 for Great Britain]," the former Manchester United star told ITV. "He has everything. He's got a good touch, good finisher, he's quick, he can run the channels but to be a top, top player [you need to have good] decision-making.
"You have to make the right decisions. You have to make the right decisions more often than you make bad decisions. Today there were just too many bad decisions."
Former England striker Chris Sutton added that the Three Lions looked "impotent" with Sturridge leading the line against Slovenia. Sutton suggested the Liverpool striker could easily have been replaced by either Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford, who came on late in the game.
"Jesse Lingard had one shot in the 82nd minute, but he did barely anything out wide," Sutton reflected. "There was little quality in the final third – there was the chance in the first half Alli created slipping Daniel Sturridge in who had a heavy touch – and England looked pretty impotent for much of the game. Rashford or Vardy – or both – would have given England what they were so badly lacking."
Sturridge started the game in Ljubljana in the absence of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury. However, Kane is due to return to action in November, meaning he could replace Sturridge for their next World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley.