England have narrowly beaten Denmark 1-0 in an uninspiring international friendly performance at Wembley this evening.
In their final match before Hodgson selects his 23-man squad for the World Cup, the England boss was looking for those who have not cemented a spot to shine but there were very few impressive displays although youngsters Raheem Sterling (second cap) and Luke Shaw (on debut) certainly held their own.
The decisive goal came with eight minutes remaining when Southampton skipper Adam Lallana, who replaced Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on the hour-mark, played an aerial ball into the area for Sturridge to head across Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom corner.
Earlier, the Danes went close through Jakob Poulsen before Sterling's sliding cross deflected off Peter Ankersen and onto the woodwork.
Schmeichel was busier late in the match having to fist away Sturridge's well-struck attempt before he was beaten by the Reds ace who recorded his third international goal in his 10th outing for the Three Lions.
Sturridge now has 12 goals in his past 12 outings for both club and country in what has been remarkable scoring run, particularly when netting in eight straight Premier League fixtures between December 23 and February 12.
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