Cahill hopes Sturridge recovers

  • Last Updated: September 5 2014, 18:02 BST

Gary Cahill has his "fingers crossed" hoping that Daniel Sturridge will be fit for England's trip to Switzerland after he sustained a knock in training on Friday.

Gary Cahill: Has his fingers crossed for Sturridge
Gary Cahill: Has his fingers crossed for Sturridge

Roy Hodgson's men begin their European Championship qualifying campaign in Basle on Monday against the side ranked ninth in the world.

A post via the team's official Twitter account, @england, said: "Daniel Sturridge felt an injury in training this morning and will go for a scan this afternoon. He will then be assessed by England medics."

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Cahill said: "I've just seen him as he was going out to get a scan so obviously personally I know nothing about that as yet. We'll just keep our fingers crossed for him.

"He's a key player for club and country. He's been fantastic of late and a real top player, which is why we'll keep our fingers crossed."

Hodgson will be sweating on the outcome of the scan, especially given the England boss is already having to take an inexperienced squad to St Jakob-Park.

The international retirements of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have been compounded by a lengthy injury list, which includes Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Jay Rodriguez and Andy Carroll.

Defensive options Kyle Walker, Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Jon Flanagan, Chris Smalling and Kieran Gibbs are also unavailable, while West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and uncapped Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback have withdrawn from the 22-man squad in recent days.

Cahill also sat out training on Friday with an ankle complaint, but he is expected to return in time for Monday's match, which will be their first competitive outing since bowing out at the group stages of the World Cup without a single victory.

England could only muster a lacklustre 1-0 friendly win over Norway in midweek, courtesy of a successful Wayne Rooney spot kick, but Cahill felt there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

"We won, first and foremost," the Chelsea defender said. "First half I thought we dominated possession, we dominated the game. Second half they made it difficult. Of course we can do better."

Cahill also felt the negative reaction to their performance was magnified by England's failure in Brazil and wants the squad to get back to their best on Monday.

"We know it is going to be very, very tough. It's a chance for us to bounce back in a game which really matters," he added. "It's certainly one of the hardest games for us in the group. It's a great opportunity for us."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere also told reporters that he felt some of the criticism aimed towards England since the World Cup has been over the top, but acknowledged a big performance is needed in Switzerland to engage the fans again after a less-than-half filled Wembley crowd watched the friendly with Norway.

"It's a massive game," he said. "First and foremost we want to win the game. We know if we put in the performance and we get the result the fans are going to come back onside."

Wilshere, who anchored England's midfield alongside Jordan Henderson against Norway, also praised Rooney's leadership skills after he took over the armband from Gerrard.

"Even before he was captain, for me, he was always someone that was a leader, a big personality," he said.

"He's not scared to tell you what you're doing wrong and he helps you with what you're doing right. He's the perfect choice for me."

Wilshere, 22, also believes Rooney is the perfect man to help England's current batch of young stars given his wealth of experience at the highest level.

He added: "He was thrown on to the scene at Everton when he was 16 and he's had a fantastic career, scored so many goals and especially with England. He's a stand-out choice for me and he's doing well."