Team GB and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has said that he is confident that the team can improve from the 1-1 draw they suffered at the hands of Senegal in the opening match of the London Olympics 2012.
The match was played at Old Trafford, but the Sunday's match against the United Arab Emirates will be played at the new Wembley. Daniel Sturridge is once again expected to start for Team GB after the manager Stuart Pearce has taken a lot of precaution in ensuring that he is fit for the duration of the tournament.
The Chelsea striker offers a major doubt for the London Olympics 2012 after being diagnosed with viral meningitis a few weeks back. However, he has made a spectacular return from that problem in order to start in the first match against Senegal. Even though the manager did not use for more than 45 min, the Chelsea striker has said that he is extremely happy just to have secured the opportunity to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
Sturridge was one of the surprising packages of last season after having scored almost 15 goals in the first half of the season, but he disappointed in the second half of the season. He is hoping to put things right this time around.
"It's a big game but we are used to it. There were always going to be nerves in the first game but we will go about our business and do what we do best," said Daniel Sturridge ahead of the match. It remains to be seen if Stuart Pearce will have the former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy at his disposal. Being one of the few players above both age of 23, the presence of the former Blackburn Rovers striker is extremely important according to Daniel Sturridge.