Hodgson says he is gutted, while also mentioning Downton Abbey, in a typically whacky speech…
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England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken out about the media’s treatment of Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling.
The 19-year-old’s commitment and attitude were publicly questioned in the press and on Twitter after Hodgson left him out of the starting XI for England’s 1-0 win in Estonia.
Hodgson opted to put Sterling on the bench for that match, after the player had informed him that he was suffering from fatigue.
Just as Sterling’s public criticism for requesting a rest was dying down, he was pictured at a London nightclub in the early hours of the morning, shortly after returning from Tallinn.
That incident opened him up to even more abuse, but Hodgson thinks the Liverpool star needs to be cut some slack.
“With young Raheem Sterling this week, it guts me to see that sort of treatment,” Hodgson was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“It’s totally unfair and totally wrong. It’s suiting people’s agendas.
“But, you know, he’ll be stronger for it. Is that right? Of course it’s not right! But I can’t turn the clock back, I’m living in 2014, I can’t go back to Downton Abbey!”
Sterling came off the bench against Estonia to win his 11th senior international cap.
He has not yet scored for the Three Lions, but he has netted three goals in eight games for the Under-21s.
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