Hopes of a nation resting on former Quinton schoolboy's shoulders

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ENGLAND fans will be pinning their hopes and dreams on former Quinton schoolboy Daniel Sturridge tonight.

Pupils at Four Dwellings Academy will be cheering on the old boy and hoping he repeats his feat of scoring in his first World Cup game against Italy on Saturday.

And the 24-year-old is determined help England to victory.

He said: "I am going to do anything in my power to win this next game. I am prepared to do anything and I am talking anything.

"I’m being serious. It is do or die. It’s a World Cup. I’m hungry, I’m confident and I’m so happy to be out here.

He added: "This means everything to every single individual in this squad. Do I want to go home early? No. I want to win this World Cup like everyone back home wants us to win it and I’d be gutted to go out in the group.

"It means the world to me to play for England and I’d be devastated if that happened. So, yes, anything. And I’m being totally honest with you guys."

The Liverpool striker attended Four Dwellings Academy from 2000 until 2003 and was popular amongst staff and pupils.

He went on to attend the Aston Villa Academy and then to Coventry City, Manchester City, Chelsea and finally Liverpool where last season he was the top English scorer in the Premier League.

Fellow Four Dwellings Academy pupil Joleon Lescott missed out on the England squad for the World Cup after failing to hold down a first team spot at Manchester City this season.

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