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GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling puts in a shift as Liverpool enjoy a happy ending at QPR

After a week in which false controversy drowned out reason, the diminutive winger made a big impression in front of the England manager at Loftus RoadWhen Raheem Sterlings powerful little legs finally stopped whirring in the 95th minute and he trotted off the pitch having brought a desperately unlucky Queens Park Rangers to their knees, there could be no doubt that Liverpools flying winger had both earned his rest and brought an emphatic end to last weeks ludicrous debate about whether society is ready to embrace footballers who admit to being a bit tired.While the fuss made over Sterling having enough self-awareness to tell Roy Hodgson that he was feeling fatigued before Englands match against Estonia last Sunday was amusing to watch from a distance, there were some people who harboured genuine grievances about this most uncontroversial of controversies. How dare Sterling? they chuntered. How dare he be tired? At the humble age of 19? When he earns how much money? What about the working man? Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: I will always be there to support Roy Hodgson

Liverpool manager did not meet England coach at Loftus Road Rodgers hails exceptional Raheem Sterling in win at QPRBrendan Rodgers paid tribute to the exceptional Raheem Sterling after the Liverpool winger inspired his team to a 3-2 victory at Queens Park Rangers in a game steeped in late drama and watched by the England manager, Roy Hodgson.The defeat was tough on QPR, who equalised in the 87th and 91st minutes through the substitute Eduardo Vargas, and the manager Harry Redknapp poured out his frustration afterwards, directing some of it towards Adel Taarabt, who he had omitted from his squad. Redknapp said that the midfielder was about three stone overweight and had a dreadful attitude. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Daniel Sturridge suffers new injury to deepen Liverpools woes

Calf strain may rule England striker out for another month Brendan Rodgers questions Roy Hodgson over Sterling Rodgers: no club v country row over Sterling Rodgers denies Sterling refused to start Balotelli determined to break Premier League duckLiverpool have been dealt another significant blow after Daniel Sturridge broke down in his first session since returning to training. Brendan Rodgers had been hoping to have Sturridge back in time for Sundays game at Queens Park Rangers or Wednesdays Champions League fixture, but after a five-week lay-off since picking up a thigh injury on England duty the striker could now be out for another month with a calf strain.It means Rodgers will be short-handed up front for several more weeks, with the so far underwhelming Mario Balotelli the most likely attacking option for the visit of Real Madrid in midweek. Its not good news, Rodgers said on learning his player could not even complete a warm-up on his return to training. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers says there is no club v country row over Raheem Sterling

Its grossly unfair how the kid has been on the back pages Rodgers keen to play down row with Hodgson Balotelli wants to break Liverpool league goal duckThe Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and Englands manager, Roy Hodgson.The 19-year-old forward has found himself pilloried in the last week after Hodgson revealed the youngster had told him he was tired before the Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers denies Raheem Sterling refused to start for England

Rodgers insists Roy Hodgson took managerial decision The boy is being hung out to dry, says Liverpool manager Hodgson asks if Liverpool training methods are faulty Balotelli determined to break Premier League duck Brendan Rodgers has rejected claims that he put pressure on Roy Hodgson not to start Raheem Sterling in Englands Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia. Liverpools manager stated that the young forward had been hung out to dry and that there was no club versus country row brewing following the incident.Sterling was a substitute in Tallinn last Sunday, with Hodgson explaining after the 1-0 victory that the 19-year-old had told him he was feeling tired. There have been suggestions Liverpool wanted Sterling to rest after starting against San Marino the previous Thursday but Rodgers insisted the player was merely fatigued. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Former Wales assistant Verheijen dismisses Roy Hodgson as a dinosaur

Hes a typical uneducated English coach, Dutchman adds Gary Lineker urges Hodgson and Rodgers to stop their sniping Sterlings tiredness has Hodgson querying Liverpool trainingRoy Hodgson is a dinosaur who has made himself look stupid in the row over Raheem Sterling with Liverpools fitness regime, according to the former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen.The England manager and his Liverpool counterpart have been told to end their dispute by Gary Lineker, moreover. Its time Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers stopped sniping. Its at their players expense, the former England captain tweeted. Continue reading…

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