Rodgers calls for Sterling international breather

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called for Raheem Sterling to be given a rest from international football.

The pacey winger has been an ever present for both Liverpool and England this season.

But Rodgers is hoping that Roy Hodgson will give him a rest ahead of next month’s Euro 2016 matches.

The Three Lions face minnows San Marino and Estonia as they look to qualify for the tournament.

Rodgers said: “I would think Roy (Hodgson) and his staff would look at that with Raheem.

“He’ll want to ensure the games are won, but I’m sure resting players will be an objective.”

Rodgers was left reeling earlier this month when Daniel Sturridge sustained an injury whilst on international duty.

The England striker is still ruled out through injury as Liverpool struggle for goals and wins in the Premier League.

But the former Swansea boss is hoping that there can be a better understanding between club and country.

Rodgers said: “It’s one of the biggest jobs as a manager, maximising the available talent.”