Liverpool star arrested on charge of assault

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Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has been charged with assault, after he was arrested at around 10:30pm on Thursday night.

The charge relates to claims that Sterling assaulted his 20-year-old partner Shana Halliday.

The youngster spent Thursday night in the cells and then appeared at Liverpool's magistrates course for his initial hearing. 

Sterling, who has denied the charge, was named in Roy Hodgson's England U21 squad that faces Scotland next week. 

Hodgson will take temporary charge of the side after Stuart Pearce left his role as U21 boss after his sides dismal performance in the recent European Championship tournament.

As of yet it's unsure whether Sterling's place in the squad is in doubt after his arrest. 

The 18-year-old had a successful first season in the Liverpool first-team last season and was even called up to the England senior side in the last campaign. 

The arrest was confirmed by a Merseyside Police spokesman, who said: "Raheem Sterling, 18, of Woolton, was charged with Section 39 common assault.

"Sterling was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today."

Sterling was granted conditional bail and will return to the same court to stand trial on September 20.

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