England coach Hodgson hails Liverpool stars and Raheem Sterling
England coach Roy Hodgson was full of praise for Raheem Sterling as the young English forward found his way back into a “devastating” Liverpool side. However, the English boss did suggest that good performances for the club alone didn’t guarantee action under a Three Lions’ jersey.
Sterling got rewarded for his brilliant form for Liverpool when he received a late call up from Hodgson as he announced his final squad for the friendly scheduled against Denmark for March 5.
Hodgson was admitted he was impressed with the Liverpool side, especially their captain Steven Gerrard, who also happens to be the skipper for England. Hodgson also held admiration for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson. All of these players have been included in England’s 30-man squad.
“They’ve been fantastic, they’ve played brilliantly well,” Hodgson said. “Their pressuring has been very good, they’ve made life very difficult for opponents. At Anfield in particular they’ve been very quick out of the blocks and it’s been hard for teams to find their rhythm and settle down. Then when they’ve won the ball, and they’ve often won it high up the field, they’ve been devastating with their attacking play.
“Raheem was with us for one of the games we played last year, early on. He’s a player I know from Liverpool but after bursting into the team and doing very well he disappeared for a while, but it’s great to see him back stronger than ever.
Hodgson further said that he was sure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would remain humble about the way young players in his squad have “burst to the scene”, but there is no denying that Liverpool have managed to create a good squad this season.
Hodgson also commented on English club’s poor performance in the Champions League and Europa League. All six teams in Europe failed to win the first-leg of their games in the past two weeks. This has allowed critics to suggest that the English teams no longer hold the power they once used to in football.
Hodgson admitted he was disappointed with the English teams and that they had failed to rise to expectations. Hodgson explained that confidence was the key to achieving good results and that English teams should work harder to bring up their standards.
Chelsea drew with Galatasaray, Arsenal faced defeat to Bayern Munich, Manchester United lost Olympiakos and Manchester City were defeated at the hands of Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, in Europa League Swansea got trodden on Napoli.