Liverpool’s Sterling can be a top player for England, declares Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is backing Raheem Sterling to develop into a key player for England in years to come

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Brendan Rodgers has backed Raheem Sterling to impress for England Photo: Back Page Images

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Brendan Rodgers is backing Raheem Sterling to develop into a key player for England after the 17-year-old winger received his first senior call-up this week.

The Liverpool youngster was drafted into Roy Hodgson’s squad to face Moldova ahead of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Wembley after a number of players withdraw from the side.

Sterling, who has impressed for the Reds in the Premier League this season, was an unused substitute in the game, but Rodgers is hoping his involvement will pave the way for a long and successful international career.

“I got the call from Roy and he talked about calling him up and the reasons for it, which was purely simple,” Rodgers said.

“He feels that he is really one for the future for England, he wasn’t one that was probably going to get any time on the field but it was going to be an opportunity for him to get a sense of what hopefully he can achieve in the next few years.

“He knows as much as anyone how hard he has to work to get near that level on a consistent basis, but the strides he has made very early on for a 17-year-old has been fantastic.

“It’s just to keep it into perspective and focus on his development and hopefully in the years to come he can progress and become a very good player for England.”

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