Rio Ferdinand backs Raheem Sterling over tiredness claim

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Raheem Sterling has been the subject of plenty of criticism after he pulled out of England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia last night because he was too tired to play - but now he's found an unlikely ally.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has leapt to the defence of the Liverpool ace, praising his honesty rather than playing and risking injury. Gary Lineker and Phil Neville have both also offered their support to the 19-year-old, however Alan Shearer has been openly critical of the 19-year-old.

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Ferdinand tweeted: "Fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends."

Ferdinand also added that Sir Alex Ferguson used to give Cristiano Ronaldo regular breaks from action in order to help his development, and compared him to Sterling and his current plight.


There's still plenty of transfer gossip surrounding Manchester United at the moment, and reports this morning suggest a £4 million offer for Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa could well be on the cards.

The Dutchman's contract runs out at Villa Park next year so he is available on the cheap, and could link up with Van Gaal at Old Trafford having worked together at the World Cup. Manchester United are short at the back and Vlaar could well be considered as the ideal stop-gap according to the Express.

Reports in Italy suggest a swap deal for Arturo Vidal involving Juan Mata is a possibility, while Spanish source Marca say Real Madrid will offer £25 million to land David de Gea.

Herrera backs strike trio

Man Utd midfielder Ander Herrera believes the Red Devils have the three best strikers in the world in Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao. The Spaniard also said he's keen to score more goals himself.

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