Raheem Sterling was left out of the England team to play Estonia today…
Raheem Sterling was dropped from the England starting XI to play Estonia in their Euro 2016 qualification match on Sunday, with the Liverpool man reportedly feeling tired.
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The Daily Mail reported ahead of the game that the Reds teenage winger did not complete training on Saturday night and spoke with the England manager Roy Hodgson later that evening.
Sterling only played 45 minutes in Thursday’s 5-0 win over San Marino and was replaced by club teammate Adam Lallana at half time. The former Southampton would then get the nod again in Tallinn.
“Yesterday we trained but Raheem was complaining a little about being tired and was not at his best. So we won’t risk him and Lallana is in fine form,” Hodgson told ITV before the match.
“We can use him as a sub. Adam was very good against San Marino and interpreted the role behind the two attackers very well. They are different types of players and both feature strongly.”
Given Hodgson’s comments on Thursday, it is perhaps no surprise that Lallana starts. He said at the time: “Lallana, when he came on for Raheem, was every bit as dangerous and inventive and creative as Raheem could be. That’s nice to know.”
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