Man Utd legend hopes Liverpool didn’t put Raheem Sterling under pressure

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes leaps to the defence of England boss Roy Hodgson

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Scholes says he hopes Liverpool didn’t pressurise Raheem Sterling to ask Roy Hodgson for a rest ahead of England’s 1-0 win against Estonia.

The Three Lions forward was a second-half substitute on Sunday night after Hodgson decided to leave Sterling on the bench after the forward complained of feeling tired.

Sterling, who started England’s 5-0 victory over San Marino before being replaced at half-time on Friday, has played in all 10 of Liverpool’s games this season.

That injury to Daniel Sturridge was not Hodgson’s fault. It could have happened to any player from any club

Paul Scholes

And Manchester United legend Scholes hopes Sterling made his own decision to tell England manager Hodgson that he wasn’t feeling in top shape ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier.

“I really hope that there has been no pressure placed on him by Rodgers or anyone at his club to say that he was feeling tired or heavy-legged on Saturday,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.

“I really hope that his decision to tell Hodgson that he was not at his best was his, and his alone.”

Scholes added that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers shouldn’t blame Hodgson for the thigh injury that Daniel Sturridge suffered in England training, keeping the 25-year-old sidelined since early Setpember.

“That injury to Daniel Sturridge was not Hodgson’s fault. It could have happened to any player from any club,” Scholes added.

“What has created the problem has been Rodgers complaining about the two-day recovery process in the aftermath of the injury.”

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