England coach Hodgson delighted with debut of Liverpool kid Sterling
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."