Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a dramatic rise in recent weeks and now looks set to establish himself as a prominent member of Stuart Pearce's England under-21 squad.

The 17-year-old was added to the senior squad for the draw with Ukraine on the road to the 2014 World Cup, but was an unused substitute on that evening at Wembley.

Sterling was tipped to retain his place in Hodgson's side for the qualifiers with San Marino and Poland, but will instead fight to be included in Pearce's team.

The Liverpool teenager has certainly made a strong bid for a starting berth, with the youngster starring in training at the newly opened England training complex St George's Park.

Sterling scored twice on Wednesday, including once from the penalty spot, but there was a suspicion of a dive from the teen star when he tried to streak past Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson in the box.

An arm is clearly thrust into Sterling as he skips past the defence, but it does not appear to be enough contact to send him tumbling to the floor.

Liverpool have been engulfed in a diving storm of sorts this week after the conduct of Luis Suarez against Stoke was heavily criticised after he tried to earn his side a penalty at Anfield.

You can watch Sterling impress with the England under-21s in the video below, and decided for yourself whether he goes down easily to win a spot-kick...


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