Liverpool's young wide man Raheem Sterling has been on fire for the Reds this season with 12 goals and 12 assists in all competitions: the kind of form that surely cannot be ignored by Roy Hodgson.
The Englishman netted Liverpool's first against Manchester City last weekend with a cool finish in front of the Kop end after just six minutes. Sterling showed composure well beyond his tender 19 years to finish calmly in arguably Liverpool's most important game of the season.
The young forward admitted on the club's official website that he felt relief as much as excitement: "I'm just thankful I slotted because if I hadn't I would have gotten a bit of stick off Daniel! It was a good feeling to score in such a big game."
It was not only his goal that will have got Hodgson thinking, but his all round performance. He showed his versatility by playing in an attacking midfield role as opposed to the wings where he usually finds himself; his ball-carrying ability and vision was an asset to Rodgers's side all afternoon. Proving his ability in other positions will most likely increase his chances of going to Brazil this summer as will his electric pace - something that England's attack is sometimes lacking.
Raheem Sterling is a symbol of Liverpool's success this season as well as the excitement surrounding England's young talent. Roy Hodgson has proved in the past that he is willing to experiment with youth in his side and that includes Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Andros Townsend, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hodgson has received criticism in recent months for keeping faith in players that many feel are 'past it' but captain Steven Gerrard is arguably having the best season of his career and his last squad included 14 players under the age of 24; these claims are clearly unjust.
Public opinion largely sees England as outsiders this summer and Hodgson should take a young squad in order to build experience. However, with England's young talent far out-performing it's older players, could Hodgson get the best of both worlds?
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