He started playing soccer seriously when he was 6 years old and began his youth career with Aston Villa in 1996.
He represented England at the U16 level in 2004 and worked all the way up the senior team by 2011.
He was born in Birmingham, England. Two of his uncles, Dean and Simon Sturridge, are former soccer players.
He played alongside Didier Drogba on Chelsea from 2009 to 2012.