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Sturridge prefers central role

Daniel Sturridge would prefer to be playing a more central striking role for Chelsea but is happy to bide his time on the flank for the time being.

Sturridge, 22, has started 21 of Chelsea's 30 Premier League matches this season, primarily occupying a role on the left wing, with Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres preferred as the centre-forward.

The former Manchester City player has still managed nine league goals during the campaign, but has conceded he would like more opportunities to impress as the lone forward.

He told the Sun: "That's the position I will always pick myself, centre-forward. But whatever position the manager picks me in I'm happy and right now, for the team, I'm in the wide position.

"I will always give 100% and work as hard as I can to get the success we all want. I am young and free-thinking with new ideas and a new positivity. I am an attacking player. I am young and fresh and I want to prove myself.

"I am someone who is trying to champion a new way of playing - in my team, in my national team and in my career."

Sturridge is also backing himself to potentially deputise for England's Wayne Rooney at Euro 2012, with the striker set to miss the opening two group matches through suspension.

He said: "That's not going to faze me at all. You only have one football career and in 10 years' time I don't want to look back and be depressed because I didn't achieve my targets. So I believe I can do it.

"Wayne Rooney is obviously a world-class player, everyone knows that. But the one thing that's always driven me on is that desire to succeed, to be the best I can be. So I would love the opportunity."

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