Third Liverpool player set to withdraw from England duty

Raheem Sterling will become the third Liverpool player to withdraw from England duty this week, according to reports from the Guardian.

Sterling has been given permission to leave and miss next week’s friendly game against Italy, with the winger still not fully recovered following a toe injury.

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However, the 20-year-old is expected to be released after the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers previously blasted Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for the long-term injury to Daniel Sturridge early in the season, with the striker missing five months of action following a thigh problem he picked up training for the national side.

Rodgers was adamant that if Sturridge was given the necessary time to recover, then the damage could have been avoided.

And it seems that the message was heard, as although Hodgson picked four Liverpool players for the England squad, Adam Lallana and Sturridge have already withdrawn to recover from their respective injuries, with Sterling soon to follow.