LONDON (AFP) – England manager Roy Hodgson has risked inflaming his already simmering feud with Brendan Rodgers by criticising the Liverpool manager’s method of keeping Raheem Sterling fit.
Hodgson’s relationship with Rodgers was again put in the spotlight after he claimed Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling asked to be excluded from the England team for Sunday’s 1-0 win in Estonia because he felt tired. Shortly after revealing the details of the conversation with Sterling, Hodgson told Rodgers he must do his bit to ensure the 19-year-old does not suffer from further physical and mental fatigue.
The 67-year-old then went a step further by criticising one of the methods Rodgers uses to try to ensure his quickest players, presumably including Sterling, recover properly from matches.
Rodgers revealed last month that he is a strong believer in giving his “fast” players two-days to recover from matches due to the stresses and strains their speed causes on their bodies. Rodgers spoke of his frustration at Hodgson’s refusal to adopt the two-day recovery method for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge last month after he pulled a thigh muscle during a sprint at an England training session.
And it is understood Rodgers also gives Sterling two days off after games as he thinks it aids the pacy player’s return to peak fitness.