Liverpool teenager dreams of World Cup call-up

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling says he wants to represent England at the 2014 World Cup finals.

Raheem Sterling is only 19 and has been part of the Liverpool first team only since early 2012, but he is already a major candidate to play for England at the 2014 World Cup finals.

The teenager, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, made his debut for the Three Lions in November 2012 in a friendly match against Sweden. His second appearance for England was against Denmark at Wembley earlier this month in which his performance earned praise from all quarters.

Many would argue that Sterling, like Arsenal forward Theo Walcott back in 2006, is too young to go to Brazil, but his performances for Liverpool this season merit a place in the 23-man Three Lions squad. Or at least he should be in contention.

The winger has racked up 26 Premier League appearances this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists in the process. In 2012-13, the youngster scored twice in 24 league matches.

Sterling’s progress over the last two or so years has been tremendous and it is clear that England manager Roy Hodgson has him in his plans for Brazil.

The teenager himself is relishing the chance to play for his country in South America, but admits that he has to prove that he is worthy of a place in the squad.

"It would be one of the best feelings that I will probably feel ever because growing up, you watched players like Ronaldinho playing in World Cups and doing the business, and just idolised these people,” he told BBC Sport.

"To then be called into England's squad for a World Cup, I don't think there would be a greater feeling, knowing that you could go out there and help the nation and do the nation proud.

"Hopefully I will get that phone call in May, but until then, I will just solely be focused on Liverpool and just be working hard, and I hope Liverpool will be right up there at the end of the season."

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