Brendan Rodgers unhappy that Raheem Sterling is being "hung out to dry"
Brendan Rodgers is clearly angry at the way in which the Raheem Sterling tiredness issue has been handled by Roy Hodgson, with the Liverpool manager leaping to his player’s defence in the pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game at Loftus Road.
Rodgers denies that Sterling was unwilling to start against Estonia and simply outlined to his international manager that he was feeling tired after 45 minutes of football against San Marino three days previously.
The Liverpool player is set to start against QPR and Rodgers reveals that the nineteen-year-old has claimed to have been fatigued on several occasions already during his Anfield career but has never asked not to play.
“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.”