Sterling was too honest, says Johnson

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson believes that teammate Raheem Sterling was simply too honest when he told England boss Roy Hodgson that he needed resting for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Sterling began the game in Tallinn on the bench after having words with Hodgson about his physical condition in the build-up. He came on as a substitute in the final quarter of the 1-0 victory, but that did not stop him from being roundly criticised in some quarters for asking Hodgson if he could sit the game out.

And Johnson – who has missed all three of England’s qualifying matches so far due to injury – believes that the treatment of Sterling as well as Hodgson and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been extremely harsh. ”He wasn’t tired as has been published, he was asked a question ‘how do you feel’, and he’s said his thighs were tired,” he said.

”There is a difference between aching and demand from games to actually saying ‘I’m tired and I can’t play’. He was asked a question and gave an honest answer, and got punished for it.

‘He’d play every week if he can. You are never 100%, certainly not when you are playing games every four days, you are going to play with knocks and pain and aches. And then your body gets used to it.”

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