Brendan Rodgers hits out at Raheem Sterling criticism

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Hello and welcome to GiveMeSport, here are today’s biggest sporting headlines.

Football: Brendan Rodgers has blasted those criticising Raheem Sterling for not appearing in England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia, claiming the young playmaker has been 'hung out to dry'.

Boxing: Carl Froch is close to securing a dream fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, with talks having resumed following a spell where the matchup looked like it was heading down the drain.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both raised concerns over the quality of F1 tyres following the horror-crash involving Jules Bianchi last week.

Tennis: And, Andy Murray advances to the quarter-finals of the Erste Bank Open with a straight sets victory over Vasek Pospisil in Vienna.

Sterling row

The media storm questioning Raheem Sterling’s commitment to the England national side has been long and unrelenting, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has come out all guns blazing against those critiquing the youngster.

Rodgers said that his player had been hung out to dry over the tiredness row and said he was fed up with reading lies concerning the club vs country debacle which is rolled out every time a player’s fitness is scrutinised due to their international participation.

Sterling chose not to play against Estonia last Sunday, citing tiredness as the reason, and has since been lambasted by many quarters.

Froch vs Chavez Jr

Carl Froch has edged a step closer to clinching a dream bout against Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, as negotiations are back up and running and will commence later this week.

Initially it looked as though the Cobra would retire following his stunning knockout of George Groves at Wembley in May, as Chavez Jr was reluctant to fight him, but it now looks as though the matchup is feasible. Groves has already said he doesn’t want to fight British prospect James DeGale.

Hamilton and Vettel complain

Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have demanded better tyres to deal with adverse weather conditions, following the incident which saw French driver Jules Bianchi hospitalised after coming off the track.

With Bianchi still in a critical condition much scrutiny has been placed on the capability of the tyres to grip to the track in wet weather, and Hamilton and his Red Bull rival Vettel are spearheading the need for more stringent checks.

Andy Murray ATP hope

Finally we turn to tennis, where Andy Murray has given himself a huge chance of qualifying for the ATP World Tour finals by navigating his way to the quarter finals of the Erste Bank Open in Austria.

The Scottish star needs to climb from tenth in the rankings to at least eighth in order to ensure he makes the cut for the Tour finals next month, and can go some way to doing that if he manages to win the tournament in Vienna.

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