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Gerrard - Sterling Has Responded Well

Gerrard - Sterling Has Responded Well

England captain Steven Gerrard has said that Raheem Sterling has responded well to his extremely harsh red card in the game against Ecuador.

Speaking to theFA.com Gerrard says he believes the player is still in contention for the game against Italy, despite the dismissal, because he's handled himself correctly following that.

Of course whilst the red card doesn't carry over to the World Cup itself, it does mean that Sterling will miss tonight's final friendly against Honduras, but Gerrard has been pleased with his Liverpool colleagues application and desire in training and he believes that will have more than kept him in manager Roy Hodgson's plans even though he won't have the opportunity tonight to show what he can do.

'He is very resilient, you judge a player on a set back and he was the best in training this morning - he was very sharp and lively.'

Gerrard goes on to say that immediately after the sending off - fans will remember Gerrard walked off with him back to the dressing room - he was explaining to him that he had to learn from the tackle he initially put in - let's face it, it was daft - but importantly he had to make sure he impressed in training to show he had brushed it off, and wasn't going to let it affect his form and performances should he be called upon again and he feels he's more than proved that since then.

Roy Hodgson himself has spoken more about the sending off and said of the player.

'He was absolutely gutted to get sent off, as were we. But he doesn't seem to have taken it to heart. I don't think it was a lack of discipline, it was his desire to help us out of a difficult situation by using his incredible pace to stop Valencia getting into a good position.'

Hodgson goes on to say that the player has spoken to him openly about the sending off, and obviously he's also talked with Gerrard about it, and whilst it's a blow to have him out of tonight's match, as he was likely to play, he's shown enough in his honesty during those chats, and his work rate in training to more than make the gaffer aware of what he can offer us in the World Cup.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Saturday June 7 2014
Time: 7:30PM

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