Queens Park Rangers star Rio Ferdinand wades in on the Raheem Sterling debate

Raheem Sterling

Former Manchester United and current Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has his say on the Raheem Sterling issue.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling claiming that he was too tired to start England’s game against Estonia on Sunday has been hitting the headlines.

Before the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, England manager Roy Hodgson claimed that the 19-year-old had told him during Saturday's training session that he was ‘feeling a little bit tired’ (click here to read more).

The startling revelation has been a major talking point in English football this morning, and former England international Rio Ferdinand has now given his take on the issue.

Former Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand, who is now on the books of Queens Park Rangers, seems to be defending Sterling, and his argument cannot be dismissed.

England were heavy favourites against Estonia and Hodgson could afford to leave Sterling out of his starting line-up.

Sterling has played loads of football since last season and needs to take a break in order to avoid burnout in the latter stages of the season.

What has to be questioned is Hodgson’s revelation that it was Sterling who did not want to play for England on Sunday. The Three Lions boss should have kept it ‘in-house’ and not made it public.

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