Sterling called up to England squad
Feature by Kevin Smith
Updated Monday, 10th September 2012
Raheem Sterling has been called up to the England squad for Tuesday's game with Ukraine.
17-year-old Sterling has been impressive for the Reds so far this season and Brendan Rodgers has been keen to protect his young talent, convincing the FA not to promote him from the Under 19's to the Under 21's last week.
"I know Raheem from my time at Liverpool, but in the last two years he has come on leaps and bounds," said England boss Roy Hodgson. "Steven [Gerrard] will know him very well and quite frankly in the opening matches where he has played the reports on him have been very good, so this is an opportunity just to bring him into the group.
"I shall make it clear to him that I'm not bringing him in necessarily to play him now, but more because there might be a time in the future when not only does he feature as a substitute but he might even be breaking into the team."