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Former Liverpool boss: Sterling is stronger for leaving

Raheem Sterling will emerge from the furore surrounding his transfer to Manchester City stronger for the experience, according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson believes Sterling's big move has made him stronger. Credit: PA

The 20-year-old enraged Liverpool fans by making clear he wanted to leave Anfield after turning down a lucrative contract offer.

Hodgson believes Sterling coped mentally with any fall-out, and said:

He was playing for a club with a very strong fan base, not only in England but in other parts of the world, and unfortunately for him, I suppose, the fans locally at Liverpool took unkindly to the fact that he made it clear he wanted to move.

That is part and parcel of football really. I think if anything that will help him to mature and improve even more. I think for his age he is a remarkably strong and robust person, not just physically on the field but mentally.

And these things, if anything, will make him stronger. He has got a big price tag to carry around, but I think he is a good enough player to do so.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson watches Roger Federer on centre court

England manager Roy Hodgson watches Roger Federer on centre court. Credit: BBC

England manager Roy Hodgson was spotted in the stands on centre court today, where Roger Federer is one set up against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Britian's Andy Murray plays his first round match against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin once Federer's match has finished.

Roy Hodgson feared for Aston Villa starlet in Ireland

Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to call up Jack Grealish to the England squad because he did not want the Aston Villa midfielder to receive a hostile reception if he made his debut in Dublin.

Hodgson did not want to thrown Grealish into an uncomfortable situation. Credit: PA

Despite being born in Solihull to English parents, the 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level as he qualifies for the country through his grandfather.

Last week Republic manager Martin O'Neill said Grealish had turned down a call-up to the senior squad and that the player was considering switching allegiance to England.

Given that next month will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995, the match is likely to be charged with emotion and Hodgson did not want to put the teenager in that situation by selection him.

He said:

I would not have picked him on this occasion because it would have been inflammatory at the last minute if he chose us and played against the Republic of Ireland.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson wants England fringe players to impress

Roy Hodgson wants players to show what they can do. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has called on his squad players to show him what they can do against Italy.

Hodgson has just 17 fit outfield players for the friendly in Turin, so will be relying on some non-regulars.

We've got a tougher test ahead of us against Italy and we will be playing that game with players we wouldn't normally rely upon.

There are an awful lot of people in the squad I count on that we've lost, but what it means is for those who are still with us, many who are relatively untried, there will be a chance for them to show that my faith in selecting them for this squad was justified.

– Roy Hodgson speaking to FA TV

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Hodgson critical of Spurs plans for Harry Kane

England boss Roy Hodgson has criticised Tottenham, claiming they should not be taking Harry Kane on a 21,000-mile post-season trek to Australia if they think he needs a rest.

Hodgson doesn't want Kane to play in Australia. Credit: PA

Having started the season as Spurs' third-choice striker, few expected Kane to score 26 goals for the club.

But now he is the club's poster boy and, for that reason, the north Londoners are determined to take him on their post-season jaunt to Australia, where they will play Sydney FC in a friendly on May 30.

Hodgson is not so keen on the idea, however.

This is a marketing game as far as I can understand," the England manager said. Personally speaking, playing for England at Under-21 level at a tournament is more important than a friendly in Australia.

I would be very hypocritical if I didn't give that answer. If he needs a rest, there's a great opportunity when the season ends before our Under-21s get together to give him a rest.

You can't expect me in good faith to say: 'oh no, I understand he shouldn't be resting for the Australia trip, he should be doing that and then resting when the Under-21s pitch up.' I can't go along with that.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson keen to extend England stay

Roy Hodgson won't be retiring soon. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson is hoping to stay in charge of the England team until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 67-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next year's European Championship but is keen to stay on.

The Football Association is reportedly aware of Hodgson's desires, but is unlikely to make a decision on his future immediately.

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