West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has played down the controversy surrounding Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
The 19-year-old has caused quite a stir in English football over the last few days following revelations that he did not want to start England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia away from home on Sunday.
England manager Roy Hodgson claimed that Sterling himself had asked not to start because he was feeling fired, and the teenager has since been criticised for that.
However, many pundits and former footballers have defended Sterling, and now Allardyce has had his say on the matter.
‘I think people haven't got enough to write about over the international break so they make a big fuss about the Raheem Sterling thing’, West Ham’s official website quotes him as saying.
‘I think he's done exactly the right thing if he's feeling fatigued. He's a very talented young man that you can't overuse. You have to consider his situation.
‘He's 19, he went to the World Cup in Brazil, then went on Liverpool's pre-season tour of America and then comes back and starts the season.
‘So he's had very little time to rest and recover, most players have a full six week break and he hasn't had that. It's not surprising that fatigue has settled in physically and perhaps mentally as well’.