The 22-year-old striker, who has scored five times for Chelsea this season, had previously been capped 15 times by England Under 21s for whom he scored four goals. Sturridge is joined in the England party by regulars John Terry, Frank Lampardand Ashley Cole. Everton's Jack Rodwell is the other player in the squad for the first time. England play Spain on Saturday and Sweden on Tuesday, both games at Wembley. The full squad is: Goalkeepers Scott Carson (Bursapor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), David Stockdale (Ipswich Town - loan from Fulham) Defenders Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry, Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) Midfielders Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Frank Lampard, James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Forwards Gabby Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Daniel Sturridge(Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Bobby Zamora (Fulham)
On an afternoon when eyes turned towards the sky to view a protest by the home fans against their team's manager, Frank Lampard dived down low to head the game's deciding goal shortly after half-time. A plane circled Ewood Park during an uneventful first half trailing a 'Steve Kean Out' banner but it had gone by the time the Chelsea vice-captain scored his seventh goal of the season to put more pressure on Blackburn boss, and at the same time raise Chelsea spirits going into the international break. It was not a fluid Chelsea performance although it was more solid than recent games, although Blackburn did hit the bar near the end and Petr Cech was called into action in the second half having recovered from injury in the first. Team news Branislav Ivanovic was handed the right-back position with Alex coming back into central defence, Jose Bosingwa and David Luiz making way. The midfield was unchanged from the Arsenal game but up front, Daniel Sturridge was preferred to Fernando Torres as centre-forward, Florent Malouda on the right of the attack and Juan Mata on the left. Blackburn were unchanged from their draw at Norwich. Best moment In simple statistical terms it has to be the keeping of a clean sheet, for the first time in 10 league games, although we ran it close with the home team striking woodwork and Cech having to come to the rescue after a defensive mix up. First half It was the first time this season that Sturridge was played down the middle rather than out wide and Malouda put a delivery into the six-yard box for him with only a minute played but it was too high for the young striker to guide on target. Sturridge, Malouda and Ramires linked in a good early advance into the home team's penalty area territory but then the Blues were caught by a pass from Hoilett that sent two players racing away behind the Chelsea back line. Formica raced clear wide on the left and picked out Yakubu who, much to Chelsea's relief, knocked the ball wide. On the downside the big Nigerian and Ashley Cole collided with Cech and there were a few minutes of concern, especially with the keeper initially signalling he needed to come off, but after treatment to stem a flood of blood from his nose and then a plug of cotton wool and a new shirt, he continued.
The Chelsea Player of the Year pushed away a corner on his first test after the restart as Blackburn exerted pressure for a couple of minutes, but then Terry spotted the chance to spring Sturridge with a well-judged pass and the striker took on Samba for pace before falling in the area with the Congolese in close proximity. Referee Mike Dean was unmoved by Sturridge's claim for a penalty. Sturridge hit a promising looking cross but no-one was in the right area to make anything of it and Mata chipped towards the far-advanced Cole after a clever Lampard pass, but Chelsea were looking a side in need of a little confidence boost as the half-hour mark was passed. A first-touch swift interchange between Malouda, Sturridge and Cole showed promise but Jason Lowe swept up well. On 43 minutes Ivanovic picked out Lampard who thumped a volley well over from outside the area. Cech's facial injury apart, the half closed with neither keeper having featured much in the story of the game. In the seven minutes stoppage time played due to Cech's treatment, Blackburn lost skipper Samba to what looked a hamstring injury. His replacement Grant Hanley was left trailing as Mata floated a ball towards Sturridge at the far post but it had just a touch too much pace on the ball. Second half Fernando Torres had spent the final minutes of the first half warming up with Malouda having had treatment after a collision. The Frenchman did not come out for the second half so the Spaniard was introduced.
The opening minutes showed little sign of improvement compared with what went before as passes went astray but then spark we had been looking for on bonfire night came from the outside of Ivanovic's right boot and the head of Lampard. The Serbian cut inside the Blackburn full-back and sent over a cross that invited Lampard to get down low and head in. It was a quality delivery and an accomplished finish, the vice-captain's second headed goal in two league games.
The Chelsea momentum was almost slowed when Pedersen drilled a free-kick past a Chelsea wall and Cech could only push out but showing his reactions had not been harmed by his earlier knock, the Chelsea keeper did very well to save with his legs as Hanley looked likely to snaffle up the rebound.
Chelsea could have scored with an immediate counter attack but Ramiresfailed to make the most of good space by shooting against a defender; then Lampard had Robinson at full stretch with a shot from distance. Chelsea began to control the game by seeing off few minutes of robust Blackburn play and then keeping the ball and making them run, but then we almost gifted Rovers a 66th equaliser as Alex and Terry got in a tangle as the ball bounced and it needed a sharp save by Cech from Yakubu to spare central defensive blushes. A few minutes later Ramires cleared a shot from Formica that was heading close to the target. On 73 minutes Sturridge was claiming another penalty, this time with far more conviction than in the first half, claiming a push in the back as he just failed to get on the end of a Cole cross.
Sturridge became Chelsea's first booked player after tangling with Givet who was Rovers' third name in the book. Pedersen soon became their fourth for fouling Sturridge. With 82 minutes on the clock, Meireles replaced Mata who played on the less productive games since he arrived. Instead of Chelsea being able to calmly play out the final few minutes for a win, the home side were left cursing their luck when the ball bounced off the Chelsea bar after Givet and Ivanovic had battled to meet a Pedersen corner first. Moments later, Pedersen shot just a yard over. Chelsea could, and should have killed off Blackburn with two counter-attacking chances with the home defence stretched. Sturridge was crowded out with the first and then Torres, from almost under the bar, wastefully shoot over.
A Better Felling : It was the win that meant most to Andre Villas-Boas but assessing the game at Blackburn, the manager did also value his team leaving Ewood Park without conceding a goal. Frank Lampard headed Chelsea to three points on a day when the manager made changes to his defence, asking Branislav Ivanovic to play at right-back and recalling Alex as John Terry's partner. Ivanovic, under pressure at a corner, did deflect the ball onto his own bar late in the game and Petr Cech was busier in the second half than the first, but the defence remained unbreached for the first time in the league since the first game of the season. 'The clean sheet was important but important was to win the game no matter what,' said Villas-Boas. 'A 2-0 win would have been better, we were close to it, especially at the end through Fernando [Torres], but we couldn't get it and had to suffer a little bit but managed to hold on to the clean sheet. 'It is never easy to play at Ewood Park, particularly after the moment that we were going through with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, and bearing in mind that Blackburn were desperate for points and came into it after two good results. It was never going to be an easy game and the difficulties that Arsenal had here showed that. 'There were two different halves,' the Portuguese continued, adapting a famous football phrase. 'The first half was played with low intensity with not a lot of chances between the two teams but the second half grew in emotion and in opportunities. 'We managed to get the goal first which was important for us in terms of emotional stimulus and we fought hard to try to get the second one. Eventually Blackburn had some good chances towards the end and every set play you felt they were dangerous, but we managed to be brave enough to defend that.' Villas-Boas made changes to his attack as well, preferring Daniel Sturridge to Torres as the centre-forward although both were on the pitch for the second 45 minutes. 'We thought we could make the most of Sturridge's speed in behind their defence,' he explained, 'but we couldn't release him in the first half apart from one moment when he escaped [Christopher] Samba and they collided in the box. 'In the second half we decided to put him in the channels and both of them played very well.' There was also praise for the goalscorer and for Cech at the other end who overcame a nasty knock in the first half to pull off important saves in the second. 'I think Cech has a broken nose' said Villas-Boas, 'but he gave us good signs straight away after because he had to defend the ball played in behind our defence and with his feet as well. At half time he told us he wanted to continue, so that shows the bravery and commitment of a player who has suffered a lot of head injuries. 'It was a good goal by Frank and he has found his timing to arrive in the box like the old days. He is scoring a lot this season and the cross from Ivanovic was inch-perfect. 'We needed this stimulus of a win before the international break so everybody goes away with a better feeling and ready to return for the game against Liverpool. It was good to get back to winning ways.'
[c=blue]TALKING POINTS Two weeks ago - it seems longer - Andre Villas-Boasexpressed his delight at the high rate of chances his team created and took in the 5-1 win at Bolton. It was Chelsea's biggest league win since the 6-0 at Wigan in August 2010, and it took us to a total of 5,996 league goals, in our 96th season stretched over 106 years. Who better to score the historic 6,000th when it comes than Frank Lampard, who netted his fifth hat-trick for the Blues at the Reebok. Frank has now scored 11 times in all competitions against the Trotters, more than any other side except Aston Villa. He has seven against Everton - another whipping boy; Didier Drogba, likely to start in Fernando Torres' absence through suspension, has seven in ten league games against the Mersey Blues (and ten strikes against Bolton). KEY STAT Everton have not won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in 17 years.
In his press conference, the Chelsea manager was keen to caution that Everton are on a five-match unbeaten run on the Fulham Road, meaning that Chelsea's last win against them here came in a 3-0 courtesy of Lampard, Drogba and Essien in April 2006, when Lee Carsley was sent off.
Villas-Boas has probably had more spare time than usual to prepare his dossier on the opposition as most of his players have been away playing international matches around the world. Chelsea have sometimes suffered in matches immediately after Fifa-imposed breaks. Last season, for example, the Blues won only two post-internationals games, drawing three and losing one. Already this season, although England's pre-season friendly against Holland was cancelled as a result of the rioting, plenty of other nationalities trotted round the globe and played. With less time for preparation Chelsea drew the next league match, at Stoke, 0-0. However, the Blues won the next instance, at Sunderland, 2-1. Villas-Boas will have studied the Toffees' recent games against Manchester City and Liverpool and noted their aggressive style of play. They were handed five cautions against the Mancunians but managed to spread them round different players including Jack Rodwell, who was deputed to man-mark City's creative hub, David Silva. Against Liverpool the young midfielder was shown a red card (since rescinded) for a lunge against the Reds' danger man, Luis Suarez. David Moyes' side will be very organised too and will not give up lightly, especially as they have scored late equalisers at the Bridge on two of their last four league visits. Our frequent encounters in various cups have gone either way in recent years and, of course, we meet again in the fourth round of the League Cup at Goodison Park the week after next. Scoring first is generally a pointer to success with Chelsea: we have scored first in four matches this season and won all of them. However, six of our last nine meetings in all tournaments have ended in draws. Whereas Chelsea have won our last two league matches, Everton have lost both theirs. More surprisingly for two traditionally solid defensive units, neither side has managed more than one clean sheet so far. This is only Everton's third away game as their visit to Tottenham in August was suspended as a result of the riots. They have won one and lost one so far and scored just the one goal. They will be sporting their third-choice kit in London for the first time this season. The shirt colour is described as 'glacier marl' (a very pale grey) with navy shorts. As long as Chelsea can imagine they're playing a Spurs side that accidentally threw a black sock in when they washed their whites, everything should be fine. Manchester United travel to Anfield for the early Saturday kick-off. Their last three visits have produced morale-denting defeats. City have similarly dominated their home fixtures with Villa. Newcastle have not succumbed to Spurs at St James' Park since 2004.
To mark Help a Capital Child's first national appeal Chelsea will be wearing special home shirts emblazoned with the charity's logo this weekend.
For the first time the Help a Capital Child logo will be included alongside Samsung and adidas on the matchday shirts for the game against Everton, then signed by the players and auctioned off to raise vital funds to help young people and their families fight cancer.
The weekend's game has been dedicated to Help a Capital Child to help our national charity partner raise vital funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust to build specialist hospital units.
Six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK and are usually placed on a children's ward or with elderly patients to undergo treatment. As a result, young people can become isolated during these important, life-changing times.
That's why Help a Capital Child will be raising money to help the Teenage Cancer Trust fund brand-new, state-of-the-art day treatment centres throughout the country.
Dalton Leong, managing director of Help a Capital Child, said: 'We're delighted that the Help a Capital Child logo will have pride of place on the shirts this weekend. Huge thanks to Chelsea and also to both Samsung and adidas for the chance to include our logo on an iconic shirt, it's a tremendous gesture. It further demonstrates our mutual commitment to supporting disadvantaged children in our communities - brilliant!'
Not only has the club dedicated this weekend's game to Help a Capital Child but will also be hosting an array of fund-raising initiatives within the ground.
This weekend Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill will be offering discretionary donations on top of fans' bills both before and after the game. There will also be a special Help a Capital Child cocktail available in the Champions' Club and Centenary Club and bucket collectors will be around the ground before and after the game.
All proceeds from the matchday raffle will go towards the appeal and the club has invited young people with cancer to watch the game as VIP guests.