Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson for his handling of Raheem sterling…
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has slammed Roy Hodgson for the way he has dealt with Raheem Sterling recently, claiming he should not have gone public with his reasons for dropping the youngster.
The England manager revealed that the reason he left the Liverpool starlet out was because he had been complaining about being tired, but whatever the reasons Carragher feels like the information should have been kept confidential.
“We can debate whether Raheem Sterling should say that to the manager – for me, as a player, I’d never give the manager an opportunity to leave me out,” he said on SkySports.
“I just think, whether he is tired or if he didn’t feel right before the game, keep that between yourselves.”
If no reason was given for the players relegation to the bench then it’s very unlikely that a debate would have even arisen. In matches such as these that come so close together, it is perfectly reasonable for the manager to rest players.
The 19-year-old came on for the final 25 minutes of the game against Estonia, and even drew the foul which led to Wayne Rooney’s game winning free-kick.
Sterling has played almost three times as much football in the last year compared to the previous 12 months, so many would understand if he needed resting. But to make it public brings unwanted attention to a conversation that perhaps should have stayed between the player and the manager.