Roy Hodgson says he has no plans to rest Raheem Sterling for England’s European Championship qualifier against Estonia tomorrow.
Brendan Rodgers had spoken previously about the 19-year-old being given a rest in order to prevent him from burning out, with England expected to qualify comfortably from their group.
Tension remains between Rodgers and Hodgson following the injury sustained to Daniel Sturridge during the last round of international fixtures, which left the Liverpool boss without his main striker for seven matches.
But Hodgson says he has no plans to rest another of Liverpool’s key players for tomorrow’s game, having substituted the 19-year-old at half time in the win over San Marino.
“We are conscious of managing the situation,” he said.
“When he shows signs of not being quite as sharp, not doing as well, trying too hard, that might be the moment we think we have to manage this and give him a break.
“I don’t think the situation will need managing until he shows signs of suffering from it.
“But that is not the case at the moment and I don’t think Liverpool need to worry. In the first half against San Marino he was a lively as he could have been.
“At half-time I said ‘I am taking you two off’ [Sterling and Jordan Henderson] and they looked a me like ‘don’t do that – we want to stay on’ and that is quite nice.”