Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has denied previous claims that he said he was ‘too tired’ to feature for England in a Euro 2016 qualifier last year.
England manager Roy Hodgson revealed that the then Liverpool winger informed him he was fatigued ahead of a European qualifier against Estonia in Tallinn last October.
Sterling did not start said match but came on as a second-half substitute, leading to accusations that Sterling said he did not want to play. The Manchester City winger has now denied such claims.
“That was so crazy. I don’t think that could happen again, for anyone,” the 20-year-old, who has 17 international caps, told the Guardian.
“The manager asked me a question and, being the person I am, I answered honestly. He asked me how I was feeling and I said I was OK but ‘my legs do feel a bit tired’.
“I never once said: ‘I don’t want to play’ or anything like that. He just asked me a general question and I was honest. I didn’t lie and say: ‘Oh yes, I feel 100 per cent,’ but at the same time I never said I didn’t want to play.
“Obviously, the manager changed his mind about me playing and probably based it on that conversation but I was just being honest.”