England coach Hodgson delighted with debut of Liverpool kid Sterling

England coach Roy Hodgson was delighted with the debut of Liverpool teen Raheem Sterling in defeat to Sweden.

England coach Roy Hodgson was delighted with the debut of Liverpool teen Raheem Sterling in defeat to Sweden.

He recovered from a tough baptism to produce a courageous display that suggests he has a bright future at this level.

"Raheem has to be very happy," said Hodgson. "He had a difficult start. The first challenge on him was a very fierce one. It put him on the ground and winded him.

"But he came through that and got better and better. Towards the end he tired a little as one would expect but I have to be satisfied with what he did.

"He is not even 18, so it bodes well.

"He is a young man with a future. He is a young man with talent. Now he has to hone that talent in the Premier League with Liverpool."

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