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Four of the Anfield outfit's players have been selected for Stuart Pearce's 23-man squad to take part in the Under-21 European Championship in Israel this summer

Brendan Rodgers is thrilled to have four Liverpool players make the cut for England's Under-21 squad to take part in the European Championships this summer.

Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson will all represent the Merseyside club in this year's youth tournament in Israel.

The Reds' four representatives is the highest contingent from any Premier League side, and Rodgers believes it will be a brilliant experience for the young stars and has backed the quartet to return as better players.

"It's great for Jordan, Jonjo, Andre and Jack to be part of it," Rodgers told the Sun.

"I always think going to big championships like that is great for their learning. All these football experiences are good for them.

"I'm not one who is against players representing their countries.

"Obviously there needs to be a balance in terms of the demands placed on them, but I look upon it as a real positive that we have had four players called up.

"Look at someone like Juan Mata. Two years ago he dropped down from the senior Spain squad to the Under-21s and helped them win the tournament.

"A year later he was part of the team, which won Euro 2012, and then last summer he went off to the Olympics. This season he's gone on and played more than 60 games.

"Major tournaments can be really beneficial in terms of helping players in their development.

"I'm sure if our four players get that experience this summer then they will come back to us as better players."

Liverpool could have had five representatives at the tournament, but winger Raheem Sterling was forced to withdraw with the squad through injury.

"I spoke to Stuart Pearce about it and our medics were in conversation with the England doctors," Rodgers told the Liverpool Daily Post.  
 
"Everyone was in agreement that we need to look after the long-term situation with Raheem.  
 
"He's obviously had a chronic problem where he's been playing and working through it. But we needed to give him recovery and rest. He will be better for that. He's making progress and he will be fresh for the beginning of the season."

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