Gerrard is sitting on 107 caps, just eight behind England's most-capped outfield player David Beckham, which prompted kind words from Sturridge ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Germany at Wembley.
"He is a legend," Sturridge said. "He is a great man on and off the pitch too. He leads by example and he is someone I look up to.
"I am happy for him and his family. He deserves everything he gets because he works hard and he is someone every looks up to. He is a leader and the captain of the boys.
"I think he is an example for the youth coming up now and he is somebody that I look up to still."
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