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England coach Hodgson: I knew Liverpool's Sterling would make it at 15

England coach Roy Hodgson is convinced of the talent of Liverpool whizkid Raheem Sterling.

Sterling has made 16 appearances for Liverpool this ­season, scoring one goal, and he is ­expected to face Chelsea today.

Asked when he first thought Sterling may one day play for his country, Hodgson replied: "I suppose when he played in Borussia Monchengladbach, when I'd only been at Liverpool for about three weeks.

"He came on for the last 15 ­minutes in front of 55,000 people, turned the game around and ­almost won it for us.

"I had an idea then that this might turn out to be a bit of a player, this lad. Of course, he's really come on this year. I thought it was a bit of a no-brainer that Raheem would be in the team. Every time I've watched Liverpool this year he's had a good game."

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