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England & Liverpool In Dispute Over Player Fitness Again

England manager Roy Hodgson has criticised Brendan Rodgers’ approach to fitness and recovery in the wake of Raheem Sterling’s absence from the England starting line up against Estonia.

The relationship between England manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers continues to deteriorate with a new disagreement regarding recovering time. On the last international break Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury that has seen him miss the last few weeks, an injury the Reds boss claimed at the time was entirely preventable and laid the blame at the door of the medical staff in the England set up. This latest spat centres on Raheem Sterling who asked to be rested for England’s game against Estonia, a game where the three lions only managed to scrape a 1-0 win

After the game Hodgson revealed that the youngster asked to be rested, he was quoted by ITV

”He (Sterling) said, ‘I’m feeling tired, I’d rather sit this one out’,”

The 67-year-old went on to suggest that player welfare is a joint responsibility between club and country, implying that Liverpool need to do more.

“Am I the only one with that responsibility? Or does it have to be shared between club and country? I think it does”

The issue of the two day rest period was also raised. Brendan Rodgers approach is that players, especially the speed merchants like Sturridge, need a 2 day recovery after games.  Hodgson disagrees

“Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than he would normally do. But we have never had any problems with that. I don’t think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the ‘two day recovery’.

“So if you want to, you might want to research that one.

“Certainly, the Germans who you admire so much – they don’t do it. That is for certain.

“I would expect players not to take it granted that there will be two-day recoveries.”

It is hardly in Hodgson’s interest to start a war with the Liverpool boss, a man whose squad contributes more than anyone else to the English set up. Rodgers is yet to respond to the English manager’s comments but he must be seething at the attitude of the English set up.

Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.

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