England boss Roy Hodgson admitted he left Raheem Sterling out of the starting line-up for England's win over Estonia at the player's request.
He said: 'I'm feeling tired, I'd rather sit this one out'," the 67-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live.
"It's a unfair if all the expectations to give the player a little bit of a break fall on me."
The latter comment was obviously a little dig at his club Liverpool, who Hodgson of course used to manage.
As for man-management skills, Hodgson's are likely to come into question, for this was a matter which should not have been made public, and left the player facing a barrage of criticism.
That is what happened, with countless social media users hitting out at the young footballer, lambasting his excuse of feeling 'tired'.
Sterling, after the game, used his Twitter feed to offer a cryptic message regarding his song choice for his journey home.
Now listening too.. Excuse me for being human omw home— Raheem Sterling (@sterling31) October 12, 2014
There was little doubt as to what Sterling was referring, for the young winger only moments before had been retweeting critical messages.
@sterling31 poor raheem sterling says he,s tired poor thing.Try getting up at 5am 6 days a week & putting in a proper shift in all weathers— Dazza5palace (@DarrenBarham) October 12, 2014
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers responding to Hodgson and defending his player at his next press conference should be one to look forward to.