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Liverpool starlet deserves international recognition

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Raheem Sterling's call-up to the full England squad is no more than he deserves, according to his manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers.

England boss Roy Hodgson has included the Anfield starlet in his senior squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine, despite hardly playing since the turn of the year.

Rodgers put Sterling straight into the Liverpool starting XI when he took over last summer and the 18-year-old impressed many with his intelligent and dangerous performances, with some even calling him England's next hope.

However, fatigues and a thigh problem became a problem and Rodgers decided to rest him from first team duty for much of the second half of last season, but the youngster is back in the fold for the new season and is looking sharp once again.

Hogdson saw fit to promote Sterling from the Under-21s even though he does not have a great deal of minutes under his belt recently, but he decision got the full backing of Rodgers.

"Raheem has looked very bright and very sharp for us. He took his goal against Notts County [in the Capital One Cup] last week exceptionally well," Rodgers told the official Liverpool website.

"He worked very hard to overcome the thigh injury which forced him to miss the closing months of last season and enjoyed a good pre-season.

"This is a young player who for six months last season was one of the top performers in the Premier League, not just for Liverpool."

Sterling's impressive form at the start of last season saw him make his international debut in against Sweden last November, where he got to witness Zlatan Ibrahimovic's sensational hat-trick and incredible 40-yard overhead kick wondergoal.

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