Rodgers: Liverpool’s Sterling can play at Euro Under-21 championship
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers gives England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce his blessing to pick Raheem Sterling for Euro championship
Brendan Rodgers has given England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce his blessing to select Raheem Sterling for this summer’s European championship in Israel.
The 18-year-old enjoyed an electric start to the campaign under Rodgers’s stewardship, scoring twice in 23 appearances, before the winger fell out of favour at the turn of the year.
Sterling’s eye-catching form earned him a first senior England call-up for the 4-2 loss to Sweden back in November, when he played 85 minutes.
The QPR youth graduate has featured for Liverpool’s Under-21 side in recent weeks, and Rodgers believes Sterling would benefit from playing in this summer’s showpiece.
“I spoke to Stuart Pearce because we have a number of England Under 21 boys here and I don’t think it would do Raheem any harm,” said Rodgers.
“He’s had a good season and going to a tournament like that, if selected, will be good for his experience.”
The Reds boss also hinted that Sterling could be used in Liverpool’s Youth Cup semi-final against Chelsea in April.
“Micah Richards played in the youth cup when he was in the Manchester City side in the semi-finals so we will see,” he added.
“I don’t know a player around his age who is playing regularly at this level.
“We just have to ensure that as a club, we don’t make any mistakes with his development.”