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Alan Shearer on Raheem Sterling – Kids These Days…

6 years ago

I suppose we should be grateful that at least something interesting has come out of England’s double header against the minnows, with Raheem Sterling sparking much debate.

Sterling eventually coming on for the last 25 minutes but it was what happened pre-match that was the big talking point.

The Liverpool and England player approaching Roy Hodgson before the game with Estonia on Sunday and saying;

“Look I really am feeling a bit tired and I am not in my best form at the moment.”

Amongst the countless to have commented on Sterling’s actions is Alan Shearer when speaking to The Sun;

“I genuinely have never heard something like that in my career. Certainly not in a squad I was involved in.

“If I had, as either captain of Newcastle or England, I would have gone straight up to the player and said ‘are you sure?’ and that is putting it mildly.”

Like any of these issues with modern day players, on one side you get the old pros such as Shearer and then on the other side you get the apologists.

On this occasion though I find myself definitely siding with the Alan Shearer side of things.

This is a world away from those who claim that players should be able to play three times a day, seven days a week, just because they now earn a lot more money.

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Sterling had played a home against West Brom on the previous Saturday, before an exhausting forty five minutes against crack outfit San Marino last Thursday.

Two things come to mind in particular.

Firstly, the fact that Raheem Sterling doesn’t seem to have any worries about coming out with this kind of thing. To me it says that he knows just how rubbish England are and he won’t harm his future place in the team. Or even worse, he isn’t really all that bothered about playing for England.

Secondly, I can’t help but think of when Sir Bobby was at Newcastle and the remarkable run of matches United had under him when competing in the Champions League. In the 2002/03 season alone, Robson’s team played 14 Premier League games straight after Europe in midweek.

They won 12 and drew 2 of them, with no defeats. United’s squad wasn’t big and pretty much the same team played every match. Players such as Jenas, Bellamy, Dyer and Bramble weren’t saying it was too much for them, neither for that matter was the likes of Alan Shearer.

There is a right balance to be struck but Raheem Sterling’s comments are embarrassing and being rightly ridiculed by the majority.


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