Robbie Savage slams Raheem Sterling's too tired claims

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool and England attacker has been targeted by Robbie Savage after the youngster told Roy Hodgson he was too tired to start the match against Estonia.

Following the second England international fixture of the week, Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been singled out for criticism.

Not because of the 19-year-old's performance… after all, it was he who won the free-kick that Wayne Rooney converted in the 73rd minute, but rather for something he is alleged to have said to manager Roy Hodgson.

The Three Lions boss explained that his decision not to start Sterling was because the player came to him and said: "Look I really am feeling a bit tired, I'm not in my best form at the moment because I am feeling a bit tired."

Sterling began the match against Estonia on the bench but was brought on in the 64th minute in place of Jordan Henderson. Within 9 minutes he affected the scoreline as he was fouled in a dangerous area.

Former Wales star Robbie Savage, who won 39 international caps, is one of those who has criticised Sterling.

He said on Twitter: "[It's] absolutely ridiculous [that] Sterling is too tired to start. 45 mins versus San Marino… you have so much time to relax on international duty."

For renowned fitness coaches like Raymond Verheijen, it is not a question of time to relax, but instead it's a focus on the amount of cumulative minutes an athlete competes in (for Sterling, that's 1,079 in the season so far - second only in the England camp to Gary Cahill on 1,164) and the seemingly limited fitness programs that exist in England.

He said: "[It's] crazy to see the Sterling saga developing in England. It once again shows the total lack of understanding in this third world football country."

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