England coach Roy Hodgson’s decision to leave Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up against Estonia in the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier on Sunday came as a surprise to many.
The Liverpool winger is one of the best players in the Three Lions squad and featured against San Marino at London’s Wembley Stadium on Thursday.
Explaining his decision, Hodgson told ITV that Sterling complained about ‘feeling a little bit tired’ during Saturday’s training session and that’s why he was left out (click here to read more).
This has not gone down well with many England fans and former players, including Matt Le Tissier. The Southampton great took to social networking site Twitter on Sunday evening to give his opinion on the matter:
Should we scrap our national team if the players find it a bit too tiring?— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) October 12, 2014
If raheem is prone to tiredness perhaps playing him for 120 mins in capital one cup v boro wasnt a great idea— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) October 12, 2014
Sterling did come on as a substitute in the 64th minute, as England edged past 10-man Estonia 1-0 at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute to ensure that England remain at the top of Group E with three wins out of three.