England Coach Roy Hodgson Slams Liverpool Recovery Programme After Raheem Sterling’s Tiredness Claim

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Sterling has taken part in every game for Liverpool and England this season.

England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers about the two day rehabilitation programme he uses for his players, BBC Sport reports.

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The former Fulham boss was forced to drop Raheem Sterling from England’s game against Estonia on Sunday because the attacker said he felt tired.

Hodgson thinks the 19-year-old came to him because he is used to recovering for two days after a match but doesn’t think this type of programme is necessary.

“Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than normal,” said Hodgson.

“I don’t think there’s medical evidence to support the ‘two-day recovery’.”

Sterling did come on as a substitute during England’s 1-0 win in Tallinn and Hodgson will now look to speak with Rodgers about the youngster’s inability to start the Euro 2016 qualifier.

“I should speak to Brendan and I’m sure he understands the situation,” said former Liverpool boss Hodgson. “I made the decision to play Adam Lallana, but he [Sterling] recovered well enough for the game and is 100% fit.

“Brendan has been talking about the pressures Raheem has been under and the fatigue that has been setting in so I’m sure he will be dealing with Raheem over the next month as he sees fit.”

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