PHOTO: The moment England boss Roy Hodgson made the Raheem Sterling decision v Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifier

Raheem Sterling

The decision to leave Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling out of England’s starting line-up against Estonia in the Euro 2016 qualifier was made during Saturday’s training session.

When England released their teamsheet for tonight’s ongoing Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia, there was one notable name missing: Raheem Sterling.

The Liverpool winger has made himself a regular figure in the Three Lions’ squad and started the clash against San Marino at London's Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

Sterling was expected to start against Estonia in the Group E game at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, but he was named on the substitutes’ bench with Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana taking his place in the team.

Explaining his decision to leave the 19-year-old out of the starting line-up, England manager Roy Hodgson told ITV: ‘Yesterday we had a light training session.

‘Raheem Sterling was complaining about feeling a little bit tired and not feeling his best so there was no point in risking him today with Adam Lallana in such fine form’.

ITV also showed footage of Hodgson putting his arms around young Sterling and speaking to him away from the squad during Saturday’s training. It appears that it was then that the decision not to start the teenager tonight was made.

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