Brendan Rodgers has moved to put the row regarding Raheem Sterling to bed, insisting there is no problem between himself and Roy Hodgson.
The Liverpool boss has also launched a passionate defence of the teenager, who has come in for severe criticism after telling Hodgson he felt tired prior to England’s game against Estonia.
Rodgers, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s visit to Sterling’s first club QPR, said: ‘What has been unfair is that the kid has been out on the back pages for something he didn’t say. I have had it here with him, he has complained about tiredness in his legs.
‘He’s back here now in a secure environment. I think it has shook him a little but he’s fine now and has trained brilliantly today. He’s back to normal.
‘People talk about club v country. I take great pride in our players playing for their country,’ he said. ‘This club is club and country rather than club versus country. Liverpool are not a barrier to England. We want our players to go and do well for national teams. I hope the players become better through playing for England.
‘Roy and I have exchanged messages and that’s fine, we have been unable to speak but that’s fine, we want to put this to bed now. Raheem needs to be given space and protection so he can develop.’