Liverpool FC winger told to toughen up by Roy Hodgson

Raheem Sterling jeered by England supporters as Three Lions draw 0-0 with Republic of Ireland

Liverpool FC winger told to toughen up by Roy Hodgson

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June 8th, 2015

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No player has featured on the back pages as many times as Raheem Sterling in the past two months, with the Liverpool winger having rejected the chance to sign a new contract at Anfield.

Sterling may yet remain as Liverpool player next season if no deal can be agreed for the England international, although he was subjected to boos from Three Lions supporters in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

This may have previously been down to the fact Sterling claimed he was too tired to play for the national side, although Roy Hodgson claimed that the winger needs to toughen up mentally while his future remains in the balance.

“He’s going through a bad time publicly,” said Hodgson. “You can’t expect people just to shrug off the criticism he has been receiving. He does ever so well and tries to shrug it off, let his football do the talking, but he needed this game to realise that, if he is going to get it out of his system, he’s going to have to work harder still and get a thicker skin than he has at the moment.

“I trust Sterling. But players are not robots. He’s done some fantastic things for us and today he didn’t hit those heights, but it’ll take a lot before I and the English national team turn away from Raheem Sterling.”

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