Gerrard backs Liverpool teammate Sterling for World Cup

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard believes Raheem Sterling could make Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, Sky Sports has reported.

Sterling has had a brief taste of international football last season after breaking into the Reds first team, but dropped out of contention after losing his place at club level. However, Brendan Rodgers has restored Sterling to the side and the winger has responded with a series of impressive performances, enough, Gerrard believes, to warrant a trip to Brazil.

“Raheem has been in great form over the last couple of months and I’m sure Roy Hodgson is watching him very closely,” Gerrard said.

“His form of late has been sensational and if he continues that until the end of the season, we will see him at the World Cup.”

Gerrard added that Sterling’s slight frame disguises just how physical he can be, pointing to his experiences of lining up against Sterling in training.

“He is the toughest in our squad,” Gerrard revealed. “I don’t go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner. He just needs to keep learning and listening to Brendan and the experienced players in the dressing room and believing in himself. If he does that, he’ll be all right.”

Sterling joined Liverpool in 2010, having come through the ranks at Queens Park Rangers. The 19-year-old has made 64 appearances for Liverpool, scoring eight times, including ix goals in 26 games so far this season.

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