Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he will not get in the way of England calling up youngster Raheem Sterling for his England debut, despite the winger being only 17.
Sterling has burst onto the scene this season, pinning down a regular first team place and catching the eye of many in English football.
Asked whether Rodgers was concerned it was too early to give Sterling his first international cap, he replied, “It’s very difficult to hold him back. This is his dream. I’m sure he wants to play for his country, he has played through the age levels. I’ve always believed if you are good enough, it doesn’t matter how old you are.
“Raheem is one of the top young players in the country at the moment. I wouldn’t have any worries [if he is selected]. He’s in capable hands and would have senior players around him. If you look at how he has coped this season, he’s getting better every week.
“His biggest thing is his courage. I’ve seen him grow from a young kid into a young man these last three months. He works hard every day and has a real challenge up against the senior players here but he embraces it.”