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Raheem Sterling hold his ground on importance of rest

England and Liverpool player Raheem Sterling, has received backlash by team members and media a like, for insisting on being rested for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia.

Manager Roy Hodgson, whose decision it was to leave Sterling on the bench until the second half of England's recent game with Tallinn, after which he assisted Rooney with the winning goal, praised the player for being honest about his tiredness.

Sterling, who has already featured 14 times this season in both Liverpool and England games, has spent a staggering 1,105 minutes on the pitch - the third highest of all the England players.

Although some football pundits have questioned his need for downtime, the teenager has held his ground about needing more rest before games and has received support from fellow players including, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker. Rio, who was one of the people to come to Sterling's defence on Twitter, suggested that English players are often too proud to admit fatigue. He tweeted: "With more rest at the right times throughout seasons, Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher. Same could be said of Gerrard, Lampard, JT, A.Cole myself - all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mind."

Lineker who suggested Sterling was tired, simply because he was a teenager tweeted: "Sterling is a teenager. Teenagers do get tired and even moody. He's young, he's still developing, we should cut him some slack."

Do you agree, should footballers be able to decide when they suffering from fatigue without affecting their careers?


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