Like Sterling, Robbie Fowler was a teenage star for Liverpool.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has defended Raheem Sterling after the attacker was heavily criticised for telling England manager Roy Hodgson that he was tired before the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday night, Goal.com reports.
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The 19-year-old was dropped to the bench by Hodgson for the match in Tallinn but came on as a substitute in the 64th minute to help England to a 1-0 victory over the Eastern European minnows.
With the Liverpool star facing scathing criticism from a number of corners, Fowler has chosen to leap to the youngsters defence and praise him for admitting that he wasn’t 100% fit.
“I take my hat off to Raheem,” Fowler, who won 26 caps for England between 1996 and 2002, told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’m chuffed that he had the guts to speak up and say what we did as it showed maturity.
“It was a selfless act and people are wrong to have a go at him. What he did was for the benefit of the team. Not everyone puts the team first like that.
“As he didn’t feel 100 per cent, he didn’t think he was able to go out there and play the way he wanted. England would have basically been playing with 10 men.
“It was very honest of him to say to the manager ‘I’m tired, I don’t think I can give you my best’. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you feel tired you aren’t going to perform to your maximum.”
Sterling has taken part in every game for both Liverpool and England this season and the starlet’s club manager Brendan Rodgers has already voiced his concern that the young star could become burnt out if he plays too much.
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