Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing as admitted that Brendan Rodgers making him play at left-back for Liverpool was the lowest point of his footballing career, according to the Daily Mirror.
Downing, who made a £20 million from Aston Villa to join Liverpool in 2011, has revealed that the incident was 'as low as it got', when even his teammates started calling him 'left-back'.
Downing on the way back up
The Englishman who is now plying his trade at West Ham United, has insisted he was 'hurt' by Brendan Rodgers's treatment of him, and feels he was absolutely right to quite the Merseysiders.
When asked whether being played at left-back was as low as it got, Downing replied: “I think so, yes. I was out of the team (at Liverpool) so for me just to play and get back in the team was a big thing."
“I think so, yes. I was out of the team (at Liverpool) so for me just to play and get back in the team was a big thing"
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Tough at left-back
Downing said that it was great to get on to the pitch and earn some game-time but playing at left-back is a difficult job, especially for someone whose natural position is on the wings playing wide.
“At left-back it was obviously difficult, but it was a chance to get back into the team for me, so I had to go along with it.
"I wasn’t happy playing left-back. It is not my natural position. But I knew from then it was the time for me to move.
“I was getting signals other players were coming in, and I was getting used at left-back when I was a winger. I think you know when the writing is on the wall for you under a manager or at a club."
Back in the England fold
Downing moved to West Ham United for £5m in 2013, after just two years at Anfield. Now, aged 30, the winger is enjoying a renaissance with both club and country, as he was called up to the national squad by England manager Roy Hodgson this week.
This could be the first time Downing pulls on a shirt for the Three Lions after two and a half years of international obscurity.
“I was honest enough to think it had gone,” he said.
“I hadn’t been picked [by England] for two and a half years, so with the younger players coming through I thought Roy would go in that direction."
England will face Slovenia at Wembley on November 15 in a European Championship qualifying clash.