Raheem Sterling partied until 3am the night after England rest

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling was out partying in London until 3am the night after claiming he was "too tired" to start England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia last week.

The Daily Mail reports that the 19-year-old was spotted in the capital's trendy Cirque le Soir nightclub - just off Carnaby Street - with a couple of his Three Lions team-mates, namely Arsenal duo Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

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Less than 48 hours earlier, Sterling approached national team boss Roy Hodgson in the build-up to England's 1-0 victory in Tallinn to complain about the fatigue he was feeling following a busy start to the 2014/15 campaign.

As a result, Hodgson opted to leave the talented teenager out of his starting XI, prompting an angry reaction from a mixture of football fans and pundits, who argued that the player could not possibly be suffering from burnout at such an early stage of the season.

However, Sterling showed few signs of any exhaustion judging by comments made by a Sun source, who shed some light on the England players' whereabouts that night.

"There was a group of footballers on a big table. Raheem was very visible," they explained. "Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also there.

"None of them were that low-key. Raheem was even up on his chair dancing at one point. The DJ even kept shouting, 'Big up my boy Raheem,' and, 'We've got Arsenal boys in the house!'

"Raheem looked very relaxed, like he didn't have a care in the world. He was partying with the dwarves, snakes and fire-breathers until 3am. There was a girl in the group of footballers who seemed to be Raheem's mate.

"People noticed him but it's not the kind of club where famous people get hounded."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was forced to defend Sterling in a recent press conference prior to the Merseyside club's 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday - a match that the England international not only started, but played the entire 90 minutes.

Criticism deserved?

He will also be expected to line-up for the Reds when they host Real Madrid at Anfield in the Champions League tonight, suggesting that there might have been an ulterior motive behind Sterling's planned omission from the England team.

Some will argue that given the player's tender years, Hodgson made the right decision when he chose to protect the precocious young talent, but his late-night antics are unlikely to go down well with the press that have already made an example of Sterling's perceived lack of commitment.

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