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Rodgers: Sterling didn't refuse to start for England

Rodgers says that Sterling didn't tell Hodgson he was tired. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Liverpool and England winger has been embroiled in the middle of a club v country row after it was reported that he told Hodgson he was 'tired' before the game against Estonia last week - leading to the England boss dropping him for the match.

Rodgers has now denied that Sterling ever said that: "What has been disappointing in the whole affair is it has been grossly unfair how the kid has been put on the back pages for something he clearly did not say."

The Liverpool boss also insists that the club is always happy to work with England and there is no 'barrier' between the two.

"We are club and country here, not club v country. Liverpool are no barrier to England."

Rodgers also said messages have been exchanged between himself and Hodgson after the incident but the two have yet to meet.

Read: Rodgers says Sterling is being hung out to dry

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Sterling 'will not be satisfied' with England performance

Raheem Sterling "will not be satisfied" with England's current World Cup performance as he is "all about winning", according to his childhood football coach.

Clive Ellington told Good Morning Britain how proud he was of his former student, who avoided a life of crime after excelling at playing with the Alpha and Omega Youth Club, and said the winger was always destined "bigger and better things".

Raheem Sterling starts for England against Italy

Raheem Sterling will start for England against Italy in their opening World Cup match in Manaus tonight, ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott reports.

The 19-year-old Liverpool winger is expected to play behind striker Daniel Sturridge, with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney also in attack.

England were earlier handed a boost after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out of the game after sustaining an ankle injury.

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Sterling accused of assault after text message row

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling was accused of attacking 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday following a row about a text message, Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard.

The assualt case against Raheem Sterling has been dropped. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

But, the case against Sterling was dropped when his former girlfriend failed to support the prosecution's case by giving "disappointing" evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service withdrew its case after magistrates refused to treat Miss Halliday as a hostile witness.

Footballer in court charged with assaulting girlfriend

Raheem Sterling pictured playing for England under 21s in August. Credit: PA

Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling will stand trial later today on charges of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.

He is said to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday.

The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court last month.

Sterling, from Woolton, was granted conditional bail and will stand trial for common assault at the same court this afternoon.

He was arrested on August 8 at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.

Miss Halliday, from Liverpool, was crowned the winner of England's Top Model of the World beauty pageant earlier this year.

Liverpool footballer accused of assaulting girlfriend

Raheem Sterling pictured playing for Liverpool in a friendly match earlier this month. Credit: PA

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling has been accused of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.

He is said to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday.

The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today, a court official said.

He spent last night in a police cell after being arrested at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.

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