Steven Gerrard backs Raheem Sterling to shine for England

There has been plenty of doom and gloom surrounding Liverpool FC over the past few years and there was clear frustration on the part of manager Brendan Rodgers after being denied the chance to sign a new forward to replace Andy Carroll.

Steven Gerrard backs Raheem Sterling to shine for England

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September 10th, 2012

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However, Rodgers has put plenty of faith in Raheem Sterling and the 17-year-old has been rewarded with an England call-up this week which sees him form part of the squad to face Ukraine on Tuesday night.

Sterling has been earning plenty of plaudits for his performances in a red shirt and his Liverpool captain has been full of praise for a player with a bright future.

Gerrard said: “He is a fantastic talent, one of the shining lights at our club this year, even though results haven’t been good enough.

“It is great for him to be called up and get a feel for the senior group because it won’t be too long before he becomes a regular in this group. He is that good.

“He is a mature 17 year old. There is nothing flash about him at all. He is a quiet kid. He works hard and listens and that is the key when you are that age and a good player.

“If you can listen and take advice from good managers and players, you will keep on progressing and improving.

“He is a breath of fresh air, especially for the older lads, with the pace and excitement he brings. He is a nightmare to mark for defenders.”

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