England boss Hodgson looking to mend fences with Liverpool counterpart Rodgers

England manager Roy Hodgson wants to speak with Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers over Raheem Sterling’s fitness when he attends the Reds’ Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Hodgson revealed after England’s win over Estonia, in which Sterling was only a second half substitute, that the winger had said he felt too tired to start the match. It led to a disagreement between Hodgson and Rodgers over the handling of players, with the managers also clashing earlier in the season when Daniel Sturridge suffered an injury while on international duty.

It’s claimed that Liverpool were not happy Hodgson made Sterling’s feelings public and invited criticism of the teenager. Hodgson wants to clarify his comments with Rodgers and heal the rift that has grown between the two, with Rodgers publically criticising England’s handling of Sturridge as well.

Hodgson spent half-a-season as Liverpool manager, taking over from Rafael Benitez in the summer of 2011. He was sacked in early January 2012 and replaced by Kenny Dalglish, taking over at West Bromwich Albion a month later. Hodgson managed the Baggies for just over a year before succeeding Fabio Capello as England manager.

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