Hodgson: No plans to rest Sterling

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The England manager acknowledges that the Liverpool forward is showing some signs of fatigue but does not believe that it is bad enough to warrant missing the Estonia game

England manager Roy Hodgson has no plans to rest Raheem Sterling for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.

Sterling has become a key figure for the Three Lions but the 67-year-old, along with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, has been at pains to point out that the forward is still only 19 years of age and at risk of being burnt out.

The former Reds boss has already angered Rodgers this season after Daniel Sturridge missed a month of action due to a thigh injury sustained on international duty.

Hodgson substituted Sterling at half-time in Thursday's 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley but says that he sees no need to hold the winger back for Sunday's Group E clash in Tallinn.

"We are conscious of managing the situation," he told the press.

"When he shows signs of not being quite as sharp, not doing as well, trying too hard, that might be the moment we think we have to manage this and give him a break.

"I don't think the situation will need managing until he shows signs of suffering from it.

"But that is not the case at the moment and I don't think Liverpool need to worry. In the first half against San Marino he was a lively as he could have been.

"At half-time I said 'I am taking you two off' [Sterling and Jordan Henderson] and they looked at me like 'don't do that - we want to stay on' and that is quite nice."

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