England boss Roy Hodgson has faith in Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

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The Raheem Sterling saga is getting heated, but Roy Hodgson is prepared to stand by his winger.

England boss Roy Hodgson admits the uncertainty around Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool has affected his form but says he will not lose faith in the forward.

Sterling has been on the receiving end of criticism for seemingly wanting to leave Liverpool and reportedly rejecting a £100,000-a-week contract with the club.

The 20-year-old struggled to make an impact in England's 0-0 friendly draw with Republic of Ireland on Sunday and was booed frequently by the home support as Ireland is the home to many Liverpool fans.

"He is going through a bad time publicly but I have no reservations about playing him," Roy Hodgson told the BBC.

It's a tough situation for Sterling to be involved in and one that could be avoided. His contract is not up yet, so while he refuses to extend it, why not stay quiet and get another year in of regular football? That is what he needs to progress and all this saga creates is unwanted attention in the media spotlight.

Sterling has come a long way from his days at Queens Park Rangers. For instance, on the World Cup stage last summer he was seen as a star but now people see the current situation as a mess.

The player is still under contract so Liverpool cannot be forced to sell the England international. If the club decides to play hard ball then next season is going to be a struggle for Sterling and his development may be sacrificed as a result.

Footballers leave clubs every transfer window but the way in which they go about things is important. Right now, if Sterling leaves the club that made him the player he is today it will be on a bad note. 

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