Poll of the Day: Is an England call-up for Raheem Sterling premature?

The Liverpool teenager was summoned for international duty on Monday alongside Adam Lallana and Jake Livermore but is he ready or were there more deserving candidates?

Liverpool's 17-year-old forward, Raheem Sterling, was a surprise late call-up to the England squad on Monday.

The teenager joined Southampton attacking midfielder Adam Lallana and Tottenham's Jake Livermore in being drafted in by Roy Hodgson ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Having made just five Premier League appearances, his first start of which came on August 26 against Manchester City, Sterling's selection has prompted plenty of debate.

Steven Gerrard, the youngster's captain at Liverpool and now also for England, hailed the call-up as deserved, while warning not to over-hype his fresh-faced colleague.

Born in Jamaica but earning his footballing education in London, Sterling represented England in the Under-17 World Cup just over a year before his rapid ascent to the full national team’s ranks.

However, as well as concerns over his lack of experience, some pundits greeted the news of his selection with queries over why others were overlooked.

Swansea City's Nathan Dyer was one name bandied about as a potential call-up after a fine 2011-12 campaign and a strong start to the new season, with Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon also overlooked.


But is the chance to give Sterling a taste of the international setup the right decision? Or is the forward ready to step straight in and make an impact?

Whether you think Hodgson's decision is the right one or a reactionary mistake, let us know by voting in our poll, leaving a comment below, and following the debate on Facebook and Twitter.