Former England captain Alan Shearer has hit out at Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling.
Shearer was far from impressed when he found out that Sterling did not start for the Three Lions in Estonia because he had told manager Roy Hodgson that he was tired.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Shearer said: “I understand a guy saying to a manager, ‘Look is there anything you can help me with? I’m feeling a bit tired or can the sports scientist help me out, or the nutritionist. But don’t ever think I don’t want to play the game tomorrow night, I’m desperate to play.’
“I would never ever give the manager an excuse to leave me out. I was amazed that it came out and that Raheem went and said it. I look at the best players in the world and I look at Lionel Messi and I’m pretty certain he started when he was 17 and look at the way he’s going.
“I’m fascinated to find out whether he would have told the manager he was tired if it was a World Cup final. I don’t think he would have. Was it because it was Estonia away or what? I’m not sure.”
Shearer won 63 senior England caps between 1992 and 2000, scoring 30 goals.
The Newcastle United legend was one of England’s least charismatic skippers ever.
His boringness was highlighted by his dull goal celebrations, as well as his childhood nickname, which was “Smokey”, because he really liked smokey bacon crisps.
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