The Liverpool teenager has been widely criticised after manager Roy Hodgson claimed that the winger said he was too “tired” to start Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
The boy is being hung out to dry and I dare say the criticism will continue for a few more weeks
However, Rodgers has moved to dismiss claims that the 19-year-old didn’t want to play for the Three Lions, and said that the youngster had been “hung out to dry” by the media.
“I’m fed up reading about this club versus country, claims we intervened and put pressure on Roy Hodgson,” Rodgers told The Independent.
“I’ve read we sent a dossier to the FA on Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge and I’m having showdown talks with Roy Hodgson on Sunday and all sorts of rubbish.
“The decision not to play him was a managerial decision. I haven’t said a single word but have to say I have never seen such rubbish written over the past few days.
“At no point did Raheem Sterling say he didn’t want to play for England. The boy is being hung out to dry and I dare say the criticism will continue for a few more weeks to come because of this.”
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