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Sterling’s World Cup chances improving, says England manager Hodgson

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 16 February 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling’s chances of making the squad for this summer’s World Cup have improved due to his recent form, writes the Reds’ official website.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who was given his only senior international cap by Hodgson in Sweden back in November 2012, has re-emerged as a regular in the Liverpool starting line-up, having spent several months out of the team. He has impressed in making 14 consecutive Premier League starts, scoring five goals.

Although there is plenty of competition for the England wide positions with the likes of James Milner, Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the in-form Adam Johnson all looking to stake their claim, Hodgson has revealed that Sterling has forced his way back into the reckoning.

He said: "Sterling emerging and doing as well as he is in a top team just puts a lot of pressure on ¬everybody else, because if you can do it at the top of the table with Liverpool then you can do it in an England shirt.

"It's a re-emergence for him in a way. We gave him his debut against Sweden, when we opened the stadium in Stockholm, and he had burst into the Liverpool team and was doing fantastically well. Then he lost his place and almost disappeared. He wasn't on the radar to such an extent.

"Then I remember having that U21 game against Scotland last summer and being very impressed with him, but at a time when he still hadn't really burst back into the Liverpool team.

"But now, since he's back in the Liverpool team, his form seems to be going up and up and up. And it means we do have ¬competition in wide areas, on the right and left."

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