"It's hugely important," said Sturridge, who hopes to win his fourth full cap in Stockholm.
"If people are considering leaving a club at a very young age, I'd suggest to them not to do that and to play as much football as they can.
"It's key to your development and playing under those circumstances helps you to become a better footballer. The more first-team games you play, the better you're equipped to play every week when you do go to a bigger club.
"You do get offers, and the best kids have a lot of money offered to them, but the only thing that matters is to play football. The money will come at some stage, whether that is earlier or later. You need to focus on football and not worry about anything else."