Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has come out in defence of Raheem Sterling’s decision to tell Roy Hodgson that he was tired prior to England’s clash with Bosnia, as reported by the Daily Express.
Sterling was left out of the starting line up in Sunday’s clash after expressing fatigue to Hodgson during a training session, with fellow Liverpool star Adam Lallana taking his place in the side.
The 19 year old star was still able to make a big impact on the game, winning the free kick which Wayne Rooney converted, after coming off the bench in the 64th minute.
England went on to win the game by that solitary goal, but despite the 1-0 victory, Sterling’s actions were criticised by some fans.
Ferdinand has, however, launched a defence of the young star.
He posted the following on his Twitter account in response to some of the anger that has been directed at the highly rated Sterling.
Sterling – tired, fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends. #FreshWhenItMattersMost
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 13, 2014