Brendan Rodgers responds to Raheem Sterling situation
Everyone from the paper boy to the qualified conjecture professional has aired their viewd on Raheem Sterling’s tiredness claim, and club manager Brendan Rodgers has now spoken out. The latest on ‘Fatigue-gate’, a term coined by Coral, is that the Northern Irish boss says his player has been “hung out to dry”.
Rodgers responded strongly, saying: “At no point did Raheem Sterling say he didn’t want to play for England. The boy is being hung out to dry. I have never seen such rubbish written over the past few days.”
However, England boss Roy Hodgson refuted Rodgers’ claim that some players needed two days to recover from matches. Following the Three Lions’ two victories against San Marino and Estonia, he said: “I don’t think there’s medical evidence to support the ‘two-day recovery’.”
Rodgers, whose side are 33/1 to win the title (great value, if you tick the box to make it an each-way bet, with Coral paying out on the top two Premier League sides), revealed he has had enough of reading about an over-hyped tussle over his players between himself and Hodgson.
“I’m fed up reading about this club v country, claims we intervened and put pressure on Roy Hodgson,” said the Liverpool manager.
Meanwhile, former Reds and England striker Michael Owen has praised Sterling for his honesty and maturity, saying: “Maybe he was being honest, thinking he was a little more tired than he was but still wanting to play.
“If he asked to be rested because he felt tired then you’ve got to commend him for that.”
No doubt the player, who is still only 19 years old, will play a huge part in England’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and can become a vital part of Liverpool’s future.