England boss Roy Hodgson has offered some advice to Raheem Sterling, after the winger received plenty of abuse during the Three Lions’ friendly with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.
The 20-year-old’s every touch was jeered by sections of both fans inside the Aviva Stadium following his ongoing contract situation at Liverpool, and it appeared to impact upon his performance as he failed to do anything of note in Dublin, before being substituted midway through the second half.
The Daily Mirror reported that Hodgson – who selected the winger for his first Liverpool appearance during a pre-season game in 2010 – believes that Sterling needs learn to accept the boos that come his way.
“He has done well to try and shrug it off and let his football do the talking. He probably needed this game to realise that he is actually to get it out of his system, he is going to need to work even harder and he is going to need an even thicker skin than maybe he has at the moment,” he said.
Despite being one of the country’s most exciting players at times, the former Queens Park Rangers trainee has severely damaged his reputation in recent months.
BBC Sport reported last month that the player’s agent confirmed that he will not be signing a new deal at Anfield, and would ideally like to leave the club this summer. However, Brendan Rodgers does not intend to sell him, potentially leading to a stand-off between the two parties.
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