Carragher leaps to Sterling's defence - 'This could have been avoided'

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has defended Raheem Sterling after he asked Roy Hodgson for a rest.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has taken attention away from Raheem Sterling and placed it onto Roy Hodgson, following the England midfielder’s calls for rest.

Hodgson revealed over the weekend that Sterling had told him he was tired, which led to the inclusion of Adam Lallana in the starting line-up for the match against Estonia.

Sterling was promptly criticised by fans suggesting it’s not his choice whether he plays or not and attacking the England man for the amount of money he gets paid to play for Liverpool.

However, Carragher has leapt to his defence via his column for the Daily Mail.

“This could have been avoided. If Roy Hodgson had said he wanted to give Adam Lallana the chance to build on his eye-catching efforts against San Marino, we would have been none the wiser about Raheem Sterling’s fatigue,” wrote Carragher.

“Every word the England manager says is scrutinised. I can see where Hodgson was coming from but an issue has been created that both men could have done without. Had Hodgson explained he wanted to use Sterling for an impact – which he had, by winning the decisive free-kick against Estonia – there would be no quarrel.”

Sterling has also been criticised over the whole incident for his age, just 19-years-old, but Carragher backed up his Mail column on Twitter when he suggested it was a huge demand on sterling for him to play nine or ten games in one month.

He’s under pressure on all fronts and because he’s had such a big impact for club and country at an early age, that makes him one of the first names down on the team sheet for his club each week and in turn his country when the international breaks come around.

Fortunately for England, they went on to win against Estonia otherwise Sterling could have been facing an almighty backlash from fans as the Reds head to QPR in the Premier League this weekend.

Back this one to wash over, with Sterling getting back to his best at club level and playing a key role as England seek out qualification for Euro 2016.

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