The 19-year-old has been in terrific form since the turn of the year, establishing himself as a key member of the Reds’ first XI during their unexpected Premier League title charge.
Although the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard have been grabbing the headlines, Sterling has been just as impressive, settling well in a central attacking midfield role rather than his normal wing position.
The youngster made England’s last squad for the Denmark friendly, and now looks set to board the plane to Brazil in a few months’ time.
Hodgson is willing to gamble on Sterling after losing Andros Townsend and Theo Walcott to injury, with the former QPR trainee possessing the pace that may go missing without the aforementioned duo.
The Three Lions coach will name his 23-man squad with seven reserve players in eight days’ time.
Everton youngster John Stones may make the list of back-ups after a strong few months in the Toffees’ first-team.