Sterling sticks with England

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has pledged his international future to England after ruling out a change of allegiance to Jamaica.

Last Updated: 26/12/12 at 09:47 Post Comment

Raheem Sterling: In action for England against Sweden

Raheem Sterling: In action for England against Sweden

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The 18-year-old has represented England at every level from U16 onwards and won his first senior cap in last month's 4-2 defeat in Sweden.

Sterling holds dual nationality after being born in Kingston to Jamaican parents and remains eligible to play for Jamaica as the Stockholm fixture was only a friendly.

But Sterling, who recently signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool, insists he has no plans to abandon England and switch his allegiance to Jamaica.

He said: "It was a dream come true to play against Sweden. As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an under-16 call-up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

"I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. Obviously I've got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing. But I couldn't turn my back on England because I've grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there.

"I couldn't just switch over. So it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. It's 100 per cent going to be England from now on."

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