Liverpool star set to be handed England's number 10 role in Brazil

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is reportedly set to be handed the number 10 role at the World Cup.

Raheem Sterling was sent off against Ecuador last week which meant he was denied the chance to impress in the last warm-up match against Honduras on Saturday.

However, the Liverpool flyer has caught the eye in training and manager Roy Hodgson will hand him the role of the side's attacking midfielder, according to The Mirror.

Sterling, who is primarily used as a winger, was brought in-field by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers towards the back end of last season, and the 19-year-old winger impressed with a series of eye-catching displays.

The teenager scored nine goals and five assists in 33 appearances last season, and at a training session on Tuesday afternoon, Three Lions boss Hodgson experimented with Sterling in a central position, with Wayne Rooney out wide.

Meanwhile Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck finished the session half an hour early with what was said to be a thigh strain.

Should Hodgson opt against using Sterling centrally, the Liverpool youngster could be set to replace his Three Lions colleague in a wide left position.

The report quotes Hodgson as saying: "These two sessions will give a chance for us to do some serious work with the players because on Thursday I will have to be aware of the fact that they have travelled and on Friday it's the day before the game.

"You can't really do the type of training sessions I would like to do so close to the game and what's more in such a public arena."

England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus on Saturday, before coming up against Uruguay on June 19.

They conclude the group stage with a match against Costa Rica on June 24.

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