England striker Daniel Sturridge is in Jamaica this week on a working holiday and he is using the time to reflect on a lamentable World Cup by his national side and to help promote youth football on the island.
England finished bottom of Group D with only one point after being beaten 2-1 by Italy and Uruguay and drawing 0-0 with Costa Rica.
The 24-year-old Liverpool forward, who made three appearances at the World Cup and scored his lone goal against Italy, is drawing from mistakes made.
“It hurts, but you know in situations like these you live and learn,” Sturridge said. “You improve from these disappointments and I am looking forward to the future.”
Sturridge was at an annual fun day that he organizes at the Constant Spring football field on Saturday.
Sturridge, who has Jamaican connections, is there to fulfil duties of his Daniel Sturridge Foundation, which includes a family fun day in partnership with Digicel.
Having scored 21 times in 26 games in last season’s Premier League campaign, he expects to see Liverpool flourish again – and maybe win the elusive league title after losing out to champions Manchester City by only two points when finishing second.
Sturridge relishes the extra responsibility of playing the central role at Anfield next season, following Luis Suarez’s imminent move to Barcelona.
“It is a great feeling; it is a lot of people’s dream to be playing for a club like Liverpool, and so I am living my dream and I am thankful for everything that has come my way,” he said, adding that the club is upbeat about finally landing the Premiership title next term, 25 years after they last won it.
Liverpool are lining up Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony to replace Suarez. Bony will cost around $30 million but comes with pedigree having led the Swans away from a relegation dog fight last season.
Bony, 25, scored 16 times in the Premier League last term and 25 in all competitions for Swansea in his first season there.
He arrived with an excellent scoring record in the Netherlands, hitting 31 strikes in 30 Eredivisie games for Vitesse in his final season and 37 in 36 overall.
Five Swansea goals were with his head, which won’t surprise many as a lot of people see him as a target man.