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DREAM COME TRUE: The 18-year-old on his England debut in November

ENGLAND HAVE been given a New Year’s boost as Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling announced that he wants to play internationally for the Three Lions in the future.

The Jamaica-born 18-year-old, who made his England debut in a friendly against Sweden on November 14, is also eligible to the represent the country of his birth but has pledged his allegiance to Roy Hodgson’s side.

Speaking to the nation’s media at a press conference, Sterling - who could feature in England’s next game against Brazil on February 6 at Wembley – said: "I've got Jamaican roots. I was born there and my mum and family are from there but no one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing.

“I couldn't turn my back on England because I've grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there, so I couldn't just switch over.”

Sterling continued: "It was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. That was obviously a dream come true. As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an Under-16 call-up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

“So obviously I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. It's 100 per cent going to be England from now on."

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