Liverpool FC manager claims Raheem Sterling “hung out to dry”

Brendan Rodgers denies Sterling refused to play for England against Estonia

Liverpool FC manager claims Raheem Sterling “hung out to dry”

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October 17th, 2014

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Raheem Sterling has been the talk of the town since England won 1-0 in Tallinn on Sunday, with Roy Hodgson revealing after the game that the winger approached him before the Euro 2016 qualifier to outline he was feeling a “little tired”.

Sterling was subsequently left out of the first team at the expense of club team-mate Adam Lallana, although the nineteen-year-old did make a substitute’s appearance and won the free-kick which led to the winning goal.

Since then, there has been a massive debate raging, with some pointing the finger at Sterling for ducking out of international duty although a similar percentage of people feeling that Hodgson should have kept things more confidential.

Brendan Rodgers has now had his say on the subject and feels that Sterling has been “hung out to dry”, with the winger having always been willing to pull on a Three Lions shirt.

“At no point did Raheem Sterling say he didn’t want to play for England,” Rodgers told the Independent. “The boy is being hung out to dry and I dare say the criticism will continue for a few more weeks to come because of this

“Let me tell you, there have been at least five occasions in the past when Raheem has said he felt tired before games but he’s never refused to play,” said Rodgers.

“We have taken on board what he has said and taken a decision accordingly. I rested him against Aston Villa and we lost the game. But it was our decision to do so – and our decision alone. Last season he said he felt tired before the Manchester City game. We won 3-2 and he put in a man-of-the-match performance.”

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