England: Skrtel Happy to 'Kick' Team-mate Daniel Sturridge

Martin Skrtel and Daniel Sturridge
Martin Skrtel, left, and Daniel Sturridge at Goodison Park, Liverpool, October 4, 2015. Skrtel will leave his friendship off the field when he faces Liverpool teammate Sturridge at Euro 2016 on Monday. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

There's no doubting Martin Skrtel has put his relationship with Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge to one side ahead of Slovakia's match with England.

With Slovakia facing possible elimination from Euro 2016 , Skrtel has insisted he will leave his friendship with Sturridge off the pitch in Saint-Etienne on Monday evening and is prepared to "kick" the Liverpool striker.

Sturridge has not started for England in France but, with Roy Hodgson expected to make six changes to his starting lineup, the 26-year-old striker is likely to be selected.

"We can be friends before and after the game," Skrtel said. "On the pitch, there are no friends. If you asked Daniel, he'd answer the same. We try to do the best for the team. If that means having to kick him, then yes.

"But it's not only about Sturridge, it's about other strikers too. We have to be ready as a team. It's 11 vs 11 on the pitch and we have to try to be better than them. We're not looking at personalities but their strengths as a team."

In two games in group B of Euro 2016, which England leads, Hodgson has fielded all five forwards in his squad —Sturridge, Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford.

But Skrtel insisted it would not matter who Hodgson fields as Slovakia will need to be more disciplined if his team is to progress past the group stages.

He added: " It doesn't matter if it's Sturridge, Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy. We have to control them all and be better."

England plays Slovakia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne in the final game of group B while Wales faces Russia at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse.