Sturridge has recovered from a thigh problem to earn a start up front alongside Wayne Rooney at Wembley.
It will be his ninth England appearance and he is seeking a third goal, following strikes against San Marino and Montenegro.
Now Gerrard hopes the former Manchester City youngster will show his worth on the international stage.
"Now I've worked with him in close quarters on a daily basis, but also in games with Liverpool and England, I'm a huge fan.
"The stage is set for Daniel to go on and prove to everyone that he's a top-class forward.
"You talk about his partnership with Wayne Rooney. The difference is Wayne's done it, Daniel's got to go and do it now. He's certainly got the talent."