Proof that Sterling may have needed rest while on England duty

Raheem Sterling

The Liverpool star may feel like he has a reason to be tired, whether he told Roy Hodgson he was or not.

There has been plenty of fallout in the last week regarding Raheem Sterling's recent games on international duty with England.

Roy Hodgson claimed the winger had requested to skip the game with Estonia because he was tired, and plenty of pundits and former players had an opinion on whether the former Liverpool boss should have made public such information in order to avoid criticism for not starting the former QPR trainee.

Brendan Rodgers then came out and told the press that he thought criticism of Sterling was out of line, adding that his player never said he didn't want to play for England.

Whatever actually happened between Sterling and Hodgson, a quick look at how many minutes the England man has played this season shows he may have been entitled to feeling tired after the match with San Marino.

Considering the games Liverpool have played so far this season, as well as international matches, there are no players that have as many minutes on the pitch as the 19-year-old.

Sterling even trumps Jordan Henderson, a player famed for his stamina and ability to keep going in games.

Eyes will be on Loftus Road on Sunday to see if Sterling starts against his former club, not to mention what kind of performance he turns out.

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