Savage 'gobsmacked' to hear Sterling was tired for England duty

Robbie Savage has been speaking about Raheem Sterling's recent escapades with England.

Robbie Savage is known in some circles as the football clown, because of his larger than life personality and persona, but he is still a pundit whose views are well known across the country.

Earlier in the week he was one of many who took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the matter of Raheem Sterling - after the Liverpool winger reportedly told Roy Hodgson he was too tired to play against Estonia in a recent World Cup qualifier.

The youngster has played a lot of football in the past couple of seasons and was also ever-present at the World Cup last summer, but it was still a surprise to some, including Savage, that a player so young could make such a complaint.

With Liverpool and England seemingly at war over Daniel Sturridge's recent injury on international duty this may also have had something to do with Sterling's omission.

Savage was non sympathetic on Twitter, now the former Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder has commented on Sterling in his BBC Sport column.

He seemed to go easier on Sterling this time around. Although he also admitted he was 'gobsmacked' that Sterling could complain of being tired at his age.

He wrote:

"I think Raheem Sterling deserves credit for having the courage to approach England manager Roy Hodgson before Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier with Estonia and say 'I don't feel right'.

"Fair play to Sterling - I did not lack confidence when I was a kid but I could never have done that.

"But, although he was right to do it and ask not to start, his excuse was the wrong one. I was gobsmacked to hear a 19-year-old talking about being "tired" in October."

He went on to discuss the club v country row, suggesting he was told as a player to miss international duty with Wales:

"I have no idea if Rodgers put Sterling under pressure not to play, but that is something I remember happening to me when I was called up by Wales.

"Your club manager might be arguing you might not be quite right and it is difficult to weigh up because you feel you are jeopardising your future with your club or your country depending on what you do.

"In the end, you have to mentally strong and do what you want to do. This week might not be the last time that Sterling has to make that call."

Liverpool fans will be pleased though. England won both games and Sterling is now at peak condition for a game with his former club QPR at the weekend.

With this turn-out and the Daniel Sturridge injury that probably makes it Liverpool 1-1 England.

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