Roy Hodgson comments on Raheem Sterling 'tired' fall-out

The England manager was speaking at Cambridge University, and said journalists tried to make more of the situation.

England manager Roy Hodgson has said the treatment that Raheem Sterling has received since their international clash with Estonia has been unfair, and has suggested that journalists have tried to create a club-versus-country row.

Sterling didn't start in England's 1-0 win over Estonia, which Hodgson said before the game was because he had complained of a little tiredness, and therefore selected Adam Lallana ahead of him.

It prompted some anger on social media towards the 19-year-old and endless column inches being written by commentators and pundits, as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' methods of giving certain players two days 'recovery' was also brought under the spotlight.

Speaking at Cambridge University, Hodgson said: “With young Raheem Sterling this week, it guts me to see that sort of treatment. It’s totally unfair and totally wrong. It’s suiting people’s agendas. But, you know, he’ll be stronger for it. Is that right? Of course it’s not right! But I can’t turn the clock back, I’m living in 2014, I can’t go back to Downton Abbey!”

There has been criticism in the direction of Hodgson for not handling the situation well, suggesting that it should have been kept between them rather than revealed to the media.

He added there is no problem between him and Brendan Rodgers and that he is on good terms with the Liverpool boss.

He said: "Brendan and I have always got on very very well since he took the job at Liverpool, so there’s no problem at all."

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