SO much for Liverpool’s efforts to shield Raheem Sterling from the glare of international football.
SO much for Liverpool FC’s efforts to shield Raheem Sterling from the glare of international football.
Brendan Rodgers had reached agreement with England that the winger would appear for England’s under-19s and not be fast-tracked into the U21 side.
The Northern Irishman, then, would probably have taken a dim view at the news the 17-year-old was called up as cover by England head coach Roy Hodgson for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
It doesn’t matter that Sterling, similar to Tottenham Hotspur’s Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana of Southampton, did nothing more than make up the numbers on the bench.
They may very well be there for the experience. It may very well have been an attempt to ensure Sterling doesn’t pledge his allegiance to Jamaica.
But, with Steven Gerrard immediately asked questions about the prospects of his young team-mate, what Rodgers had hoped would be avoided has happened.