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Voice readers back Sterling admitting fatigue

TIRED: Sterling (PA)

LIVERPOOL STARLET Raheem Sterling caused quite a stir during the last round of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying when he told national team boss Roy Hodgson he was too tired to start against Estonia, but Voice readers have overwhelming supported his honesty.

Many players feign injury to get out of playing – few would be brave enough to admit fatigue as a reason for not wanting to start, and it was this openness which drew significant criticism, with some questioning his loyalty to the Three Lions.

Despite the flak, the vast majority of readers voting in a Voice online poll believed the 19-year-old made the right decision, with 65 per cent saying he was right.

Only 24 per cent disagreed with Sterling admitting he was too tired, while 11 per cent of respondents were left undecided.

There has been a new school of thought about the number of games young players are put through, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has spoken about not wanting to burn out Sterling like Michael Owen, whose high number of games early in his career has been blamed for his injury-plagued years when he should have been hitting his prime.

Former professionals like Owen and other football pundits have applauded Sterling’s refreshing honesty, and it certainly rings true that only oneself knows their body best.

Sterling found himself the target of a backlash on social media, with some users on Twitter criticising his perceived lack of desire to play for England, but the speedy winger had a simple answer to all his critics, tweeting: “Excuse me for being human”.

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