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

Son Hueng-min vows to get even better for Tottenham

first_img Press Association The South Korea international, who cost a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen towards the conclusion of the summer transfer window, has scored three goals in three games, all of which were victories, since his arrival. The latest was the only goal of the game in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace, a match in which he was consistently among Tottenham’s biggest threats, and it came four days after he scored twice in a 3-1 Europa League defeat of FK Qarabag. Spurs next host rivals Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, but despite the potential intensity of the occasion, Son, after revealing that he first learned of the rivalry while playing in Germany, has revealed he is planning to mark his first North London derby with a further demonstration of his true ability. “I haven’t adapted to the Premier League yet,” Son said. “I want to do much better and prepare as well as I can. “I understand what the club invested in me. I’m getting a lot of help from my team-mates and coaches and that’s why I want to do even better. “I heard about the North London derby when I was in the Bundesliga. I want to prepare well and do well on Wednesday.” After Sunday’s victory, manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke of Son bringing Korean food to the training ground for his team-mates and the club’s staff, and the forward explained that he did so to thank them for their attempts in helping him to settle in London and that he is already planning on doing so again. “I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues and staff for welcoming me to Tottenham and I wanted to introduce Korean food and culture to the players,” he said. “That’s why I brought in it. “It was traditional Korean food including barbecue, seafood pancakes and various different foods from Korea. “They loved it so much, especially the coach, he had so many plates. He enjoyed it so much and the players as well. “I would like to do it again if there is a chance. “I ordered it from a very famous Korean restaurant in London. They organised everything. It is called Bibigo restaurant in Soho.” center_img Son Hueng-min believes that he can considerably improve on the impressive form he has already shown since joining Tottenham. last_img read more

Albert Pujols calls return to St. Louis ‘one of the best moments’ of his career

first_img Related News Albert Pujols is grateful for the standing ovations he received from Cardinals fans throughout the Angels’ series against St. Louis at Busch Stadium.Pujols, 39, spent the first 11 years of his MLB career in St. Louis before joining Los Angeles in 2012. He was on the receiving end of cheers from the opposition this weekend throughout a series that began Friday.  Yankees trade rumors: New York will only move Clint Frazier for pitcher with ‘multiple years of control’ Mets apologize after Jason Vargas threatens, charges at reportercenter_img Cardinals fans celebrated every time the 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and three-time National League MVP stepped to the plate. Fans in St. Louis chanted “ALBERT! ALBERT!” during Pujols’ at-bat in the 9th 👏 pic.twitter.com/gqw9LrOcGQ— ESPN (@espn) June 24, 2019″This is probably one of the best moments of my career,” Pujols told reporters after the game, via The Associated Press. “I’m going to put it up there with the two World Series championships.” Both Pujols’ championships were won with the Cardinals, as were his MVP awards. Still, he said he was surprised by the fans’ reactions.”I wasn’t expecting this,” Pujols said. “These fans are unbelievable. “The Angels are 39-40 and sit in fourth in the AL West. Pujols is batting .233 and has hit 13 home runs so far in his 19th MLB season.last_img read more