Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has showered praised on Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
The England international has come under severe criticisms in recent days following revelations that he did not want to start for his country against Estonia on Sunday.
Ahead of the Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, the 19-year-old had told Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson that he was feeling tired.
Sterling was eventually left out of England’s starting line-up against Estonia and was brought on as a second-half substitute in the narrow 1-0 win.
The teenager has been criticised by many for citing tiredness as a reason not to play for England, but United legend and former Wales international winger Giggs understands his reasons.
Giggs, who is currently working under United manager Louis van Gaal as his assistant, has also heaped praise on him and told Sky Sports: ‘It’s tough when you are a young player and he is an explosive player.
‘He is a player who is exciting and a player you would go and pay and watch. Of course, he is at Liverpool, who are obviously our biggest rivals. He is a talented player. You have to be careful when you are a young player – it is a short career’.