Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge can be the next Liverpool striker to dazzle on the world stage for England.

Michael Owen burst on to the scene when he terrorised ­Argentina with THAT goal at the 1998 World Cup while fellow Anfield legend Roger Hunt was a hero of ’66.

Now ahead of the World Cup next summer in Brazil Reds boss Rodgers insists Sturridge is made for Rio.

Rodgers says Sturridge’s skills are so silky as underlined at Villa Park by his second winner in a week that he even plays like a Brazilian.

His displays leading the line have more than compensated for the loss of suspended striker Luis Suarez.

And Rodgers believes with captain Steven Gerrard’s help for club and country Liverpool have a bargain in the £12million January recruit from Chelsea.

“There is absolutely no question he is potentially the top English striker” said Rodgers.

“He has got all the tools to be that. You look at him and people would think he is maybe a Brazilian striker with his body physique and pace and power.

“England are fortunate to have him because he is a big talent – see his movement his touch. If he continues and keeps his fitness he would be a big threat for any team.