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Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers believes Raheem Sterling needs to be nurtured
Published : 06 Sep 2012 07:00:00
Brendan Rodgers insists the career of Liverpool FC’s teenage prodigy Raheem Sterling must be carefully nurtured as he welcomed the decision not to fast track him through the England ranks.
The 17-year-old winger has been a revelation since the manager handed him his full debut for the Reds against Hearts last month. Back to back Premier League starts against Manchester City and Arsenal have followed with Sterling grabbing his chance to shine in the top flight. However, Rodgers is keen to ensure the starlet isn’t burden-ed with expecta-tion and has held talks with the Football Association’s director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking about the youngster’s international prospects.
The Reds boss was pleased that Sterling wasn’t promoted to the England Under-21s’ squad for today’s European Championship qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku. Instead Sterling will line up alongside clubmate Adam Morgan for England Under-19s against Germany in Hamburg tonight.
“I think with young players you have to be careful,” said Rodgers.
“They can be elevated above their station too quickly. That is a part of it in this country. They have one good game and they get elevated into superstar status.
“You then see them at 23 and 24 and you wonder why they are not superstars any more. I spoke to Trevor Booking on the thoughts of where the FA believe he is at. I said, in my opinion, of course he has got the ability to be in the under-21s.