Roy Hodgson has been branded as ‘uneducated and extremely stupid’ by Dutch fitness expert Raymond Verheijen, as the row over Raheem Sterling continues.
Hodgson has been at the centre of a club versus country row with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, following Raheem Sterling’s claims he was tired before England’s latest European qualifier.
Hodgson has questioned Rodgers claims that fast players need 48 hours recovery time, an issue that was raised during the last international break when Daniel Sturridge was injured in a training session just 36 hours after playing 90 minutes of a friendly against Norway.
Sturridge has not played for Liverpool since, and tensions between club and country have been rising since.
And Dutch fitness expert Verheijen has sided with Rodgers over the debate, after Hodgson claimed ‘there is not a lot of medical evidence to support the two day recovery.’
“Another shocking example of why English managers are becoming extinct is England national team manager Roy Hodgson,” Verheijen said via Twitter.
“According to Hodgson, there is no evidence that certain players [Sterling/Sturridge] need longer recovery time compared to other players.
“Firstly, 19-year old players do not have a fully matured body yet. So for them the game demands are higher & will develop much more fatigue.
“Secondly, Sterling is not only a young but also an explosive player. They have many fast muscle fibres compared to less explosive players.
“Fast muscle fibres recover slower compared to slow muscle fibres because less blood & oxygen is running through these fast muscle fibres.
“This is why explosive players like Sterling need longer recovery time after a game to get rid of fatigue compared to less explosive player.
“If explosive players do not get extra recovery time & are treated in the same way as other players, they accumulate fatigue in their body.
“Thirdly accumulation of fatigue due to insufficient recovery makes the nervous system slower. The signal from brain to muscles travel slower
“If the signal from the brain arrives later in the muscles this means the brain has less control over body during explosive football actions.
“So there’s much evidence that insufficient recovery, accumulation of fatigue & slower nervous system are dramatically increasing injury risk.
“England manager Roy Hodgson once again made himself look extremely stupid. He is the perfect example of a typical uneducated English coach. [It] must be frustrating for educated managers like Brendan Rodgers who travelled the world.”