Liverpool striker Sturridge well spend the rest of the season at The Hawthorns having agreed a loan move away from Anfield on Monday.
“You would have to put him in the same category as Harry Kane," said Pardew.
“Harry has had a great spell in terms of fitness and is at the top of his game. That's understandable that he is probably ahead of Daniel.
“But Daniel has the potential, particularly against teams I think where you need goals, where you need to break them down, he has some individual flair that not many players can match.
“So if we can get him fit and anywhere near his best, I am sure (England manager) Gareth (Southgate) will be taking a close look."
He added: “Since I've been here I've tried to change the emphasis to a more attacking mode by playing with two strikers, but the goals for column hasn't significantly moved.
"I wanted to add to that positivity and bring in a statement player who's got a good record and scores one goal every two games or just over that."