Liverpool star willing to give up his position to struggling Rooney

Raheem Sterling

Hodgson is set to tweak the attacking positions to accommodate the United striker centrally, meaning one Anfield favourite will be pushed wide.

No one can doubt the commitment and solidarity in the England camp. Roy Hodgson has clearly managed to bring his squad of players together, and there are few egos in it for personal glory.

Raheem Sterling epitomised such an attitude yesterday, when he revealed he was more than happy to give his central attacking midfield spot to England's struggling talisman Wayne Rooney, as long as it was for the benefit of the team.

BBC Sport are suggesting that the Manchester United may be set to move back to a more natural number ten role for the Three Lions, despite Sterling shining there against Italy last Saturday.

The Liverpool youngster said: "I would be happy to play anywhere the manager puts me.

"I will be working for the team regardless of the position I play in."

Sterling made more Liverpool appearances from the wing than he did from the middle last season, though did put in some outstanding performances centrally for Brendan Rodger's side in the final weeks of their title chase.

He received a great deal of praise after his showing against the Azzuri, his first ever competitive game, likely the first of many.

"It was a big occasion, my first competitive start," said the 19-year-old.

"I tried to think of it as just another game and give it my best shot. It wasn't enough but the team did some really impressive stuff and we will go out on Thursday ready to go again."

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