The 21-year old produced an impressive second half of last season whilst on loan at Bolton and continued that form with a goal for the Young Lions in yesterday's 2-0 win over Norway.
Now Sturridge wants to do what the German players from the U21 tournament in Sweden did and push into the senior squad.
"At the last tournament in Sweden two years ago, the Germans had four or five players who went on to play in the World Cup," he said.
"It just shows that if you have a good tournament with the under-21s, it can be the platform to get into the full national side.
"I'm sure a lot of players will have that in the backs of their minds."
And Sturridge said that his spell at Bolton helped him develop into a quality player who will only get better with more first team opportunities.
"Playing at Bolton helped me a lot," he added. "When I was at Chelsea, I was low on confidence because I wasn't getting the opportunities.
"Playing first-team football was all I wanted. I got that at Bolton.
"And, next season, it will be important for me to get those first-team opportunities.
"I feel it will take my game to the next level."