PHOTOS: Gerrard consoles Sterling after England red card

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard offered words of advice for Sterling who was sent off against Ecuador after a coming-together with Manchester United man.

Raheem Sterling made England national football team history earlier today, Wednesday, but not for the reasons he will have wanted.

The Liverpool attacker, who - like Peru at Wembley just five days ago - was overlooked for a starting position, but brought onto the Sun Life field in the 64th minute in order to close the game out against Ecuador.

However, the 19-year-old, a fleet-footed forward instrumental to his club side's late charge in the Premier League, was only allowed to play for 14 minutes as he was red-carded for a challenge on Antonio Valencia who reacted negatively to the tackle attempt. Both players ended up on the receiving end of their marching orders.

Ian Wright told ITV: "He's a bit angry and trying to make amends but the way Valencia reacts… how can he react like that? Honestly; he's got them both sent off. If he doesn't go in like that, neither of them get sent off."

Former Three Lions boss Glenn Hoddle said: "It's a rash challenge and he's gone over the top of the ball, it's rash and he has to learn from that."

Former international player Lee Dixon offered: "I don't think it's a red, I think it's an inexperienced tackle from a winger and I don't think there's intent. He's missed the ball. Glenn is right that in the World Cup it might be a red, but it looks like the reaction [caused the red]."

Sterling has become only the second player in English football history to be sent off in an international friendly, after Trevor Cherry was dismissed against Argentina in June, 1977.

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