Roy Hodgson defends Raheem Sterling over tired allegations - Sport round-up

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Roy Hodgson has defended his decision to rest Raheem Sterling for England's win against Estonia last night.

The England boss has confirmed that Raheem Sterling asked to sit out of England's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win against Estonia last night which leaves them with nine points from nine and qualification almost guaranteed already.

Sterling has featured regularly for Liverpool this season but complained to Hodgson that he was feeling fatigued and wasn't up to the task. Wayne Rooney's second half free-kick was the only goal of the game on an otherwise uninspiring game in Talinn. 

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"There is an awful lot going on in his head," the England boss said afterwards. "Perhaps it's quite simply the season hasn't started quite as well for Liverpool as they wanted.

"He's player who's always in the focus and spotlight for England and Liverpool, maybe that's had some effect. But I don't know, it's a theory.

"In mitigation of a young player, when you break into a team like Liverpool and you have a fantastic season, then you go to the World Cup and you do well and people regard you as one of the few who lived up to his reputation.

"Then you come back and you're still only 19 years of age, there are a lot of other things that play a part it people's make up. It isn't quite as simple as the training you're doing maybe taking some juice from your legs.'

Bianchi dedication

Lewis Hamilton has dedicated his win at the Russian Grand Prix to fellow Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi, who is still fighting for his life.

The Briton opened up a 17 point advantage over team-mate Nico Rosberg with victory in Sochi in the Russian Grand Prix yesterday in front of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

However the Mercedes driver said his mind was still on Jules Bianchi, who remains in a critical condition after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix a week ago.

Rosberg finished behind Hamilton despite an early error to help Mercedes wrap up their first ever constructors title, while the win was Hamilton's 9th of the season, pulling him level as Britain's most successful Formula 1 driver alongside Nigel Mansell with 31 victories to his name.

KP driving Cook nuts

Alastair Cook believes claims made by Kevin Pietersen in his new autobiography have 'tarnished' cricket, 

Cook insists the game needs to move on from allegations made by Kevin Pietersen about an alleged culture of bullying in the England dressing room involving Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson. The Three Lions captain did admit however that the claims had tarnished one of the most successful eras for English cricket in recent history.

Fed-Express back on track

And finally Roger Federer beat Giles Simon yesterday to claim his first Shanghai Masters title which will move him above Rafa Nadal to number two in the world rankings.

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