Hodgson criticises Rodgers’ method

first_img Hodgson’s relationship with Rodgers was again put in the spotlight after the former Fulham manager revealed Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling asked to be excluded from the England team for Sunday’s 1-0 win in Estonia. ”He (Sterling) said, ‘I’m feeling tired, I’d rather sit this one out’,” the England manager told BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, which was settled by a second-half free-kick from Wayne Rooney. Press Association Shortly after revealing the details of the conversation, Hodgson told Rodgers he must do his bit to make sure his teenage star does not suffer from physical and mental fatigue too. “Am I the only one with that responsibility? Or does it have to be shared between club and country? I think it does,” Hodgson said. The 67-year-old then criticised one of the methods Rodgers uses to try to ensure his quickest players, presumably including Sterling, recover properly from matches. The Liverpool boss revealed last month that he is a strong believer in giving his “fast” players two-days to recover from matches due to the stresses and strains their speed causes on their bodies. Rodgers spoke of his frustration at Hodgson’s refusal to adopt the two-day recovery method for Daniel Sturridge last month after he pulled a thigh muscle during a sprint at an England training session. And it is understood the Northern Irishman also gives Sterling two days off after games as he thinks it aids the pacy player’s return to peak fitness. But Hodgson says there is little evidence the programme benefits players’ recovery times. “Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than he would normally do,” Hodgson said. Roy Hodgson has risked causing the ire of Brendan Rodgers by criticising the two-day recovery method the Liverpool manager uses to try to keep Raheem Sterling fit. “But we have never had any problems with that. I don’t think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the ‘two day recovery’. “So if you want to, you might want to research that one. “Certainly, the Germans who you admire so much – they don’t do it. That is for certain. “I would expect players not to take it granted that there will be two-day recoveries.” In the early hours of Monday morning Sterling responded on Twitter to those who had ridiculed him for asking to be rested just eight weeks into the season. “Now listening too.. Excuse me for being human?? omw home,” the 19-year-old wrote after retweeting two critical messages posted to him on the micro-blogging website. “Oi @sterling31 sod off and choose to play for Jamaica if you’re going to continue all this tired nonsense,” read one message to Sterling. Another commented: “@sterling31 Prone to Tiredness? I use to play 3 Rugby matches a week when I was 19! #tiredness #yourhavingalaugh #stillyoung.” It is understood that England’s medical staff will be contacting their counterparts at Liverpool this week to talk about Sterling’s fitness. And Hodgson himself will call Rodgers to discuss the matter. “I think I should speak to Brendan, but it really is very simple and I am sure he understands that situation,” Hodgson said. “Raheem has played a lot of games recently and it is the first year in the Champions League for Liverpool for a while so the games have obviously been quite high pressure games and I will tell him he looked a bit tired and I made the decision from that to play Adam Lallana. “But Brendan has been talking anyway about the pressures Raheem has been under and the fatigue that may have set in a little bit so I am pretty sure that he will be dealing over the next month with Raheem as he sees fair.” Hodgson has come under fire from former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher for publicly divulging the fact that Sterling asked to be rested. “No problem with Sterling telling Hodgson he was tired,” Carragher tweeted. “(He has) played a lot of football already this season on the back of a WC (World Cup… But not for disclosing it as there will be some negative comment towards Raheem now. “Hodgson could have been more careful.” Former international captain Rio Ferdinand defended Sterling’s actions and called for a winter break to help the England squad deal with a congested calendar. Ferdinand tweeted: “A mid season break like most other countries would help….fatigue is 1 element as to why England have struggled at tournaments too. “With more rest at the right times throughout seasons (Wayne) Rooney would have gone into tournaments for England fresher 100%…. Too proud again. “Same could be said of (Steven) Gerard (sic), (Frank) Lampard, JT (John Terry), A.Cole (Ashley Cole) myself etc-all too proud to sit out of training or a match with the bigger picture in mind.” last_img read more