Martin Skrtel would have no qualms about kicking Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge if it ensured Slovakia’s progress at Euro 2016.
Slovakia take on England in Saint-Etienne on Monday with the Brits knowing a draw will take them through to the last 16 while that result should also be enough for Jan Kozak’s side to progress.
Sturridge is expected to replace Harry Kane in England’s attack after his injury-time winner against Wales on Thursday but Skrtel will not afford his club colleague preferential treatment.
Asked if he would kick Sturridge if he was clean through and had the chance to win the game, Skrtel replied: “Obviously yes! We can be friends before the game and after the game but on the pitch we are not friends.”
“If you ask Daniel the same question he would answer the same. We both try to do the best for our teams and if that means kicking him them I have to do it.”