Downing happy for Liverpool pal Sterling over England call

Stewart Downing is delighted for Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling over his England call. Downing is confident the 17 year-old can handle the spotlight.

Stewart Downing is delighted for Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling over his England call.

Downing is confident the 17 year-old can handle the spotlight.

"He's very mature for his age. He listens and he's got a good future. He's got a lot of experienced players around him and that is similar to how it was for me at Middlesbrough when I was young.

"I played with a lot of top professionals like Paul Ince and Gareth Southgate and had good people around me who could help.

"Raheem's certainly in good company here and I think in terms of advice I would tell him to listen and learn and just keep doing what he's doing at the moment.

"Take advice from the manager and listen to the players who are on the pitch on the day."

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