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Liverpool reluctant to release Sturridge for England friendly

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reluctant for Danny Sturridge to join the England squad after their draw at Manchester City.

He is now a doubt for England's contest with Brazil this week.

"He got a knock just before half-time on his thigh," said Rodgers. "He wanted to give it a go in the second half but I think he'll be a doubt for the [England] game on Wednesday.

"It's unfortunate because he was terrific today. His hold-up play, his movement, his pace. He was a real, real threat. His combination with Suarez and Downing and Henderson up front was outstanding."

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