Daniel Sturridge’s Euro 2016 journey has been remarkable.
Just a couple of months ago questions were being asked about his ability at Liverpool – let alone as a striker in the England national team.
Injuries have had the better of the 26-year-old this season and he’s only managed a handful of starts.
And his prospects in France seemed to be looking glum when he was photographed appearing dejected on the substitutes bench during one of England’s warm up games.
He was then criticised for texting on his phone while a sub again in England’s 2-1 win over Australia.
But throughout all of this one thing is certain – Sturridge’s belief in his own ability and his belief in God.
The millionaire forward’s most prized possession is his bible.
Sturridge is one of many big name footballers – including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp – featured in The Beautiful Game, a unique magazine showcasing star players from around the world who are believers.
And for Sturridge, just like Kaka, David Luiz and many others, his faith has certainly paid off.
He came off the bench to score a desperately needed late winner in England’s highly-charged Group B match against Wales.
What must have been going through the young man’s mind when seemingly the whole country was against him… questioning his ability, and even questioning his place in the England squad?
Sturridge would have certainly been turning to his Bible and to God to find the strength to prove his critics wrong.
And in a football world dominated by money, glitz and glamour, he has the courage to speak openly about his faith.
”It’s a great feeling. Unbelievable,” Sturridge said after clinching the injury-time winner against Wales.
”I am grateful to the gaffer for the opportunity and God for allowing me to score. It is a brilliant feeling.”
The striker, originally from Birmingham, now looks set to make the starting lineup in the final group game against Slovakia.
Sturridge’s story this season and his Euro 2016 triumph is a credit to his belief in his ability and his faith in God.