Sterling is also eligible to play for Jamaica, the country of his birth, but Hodgson does not see any problems in making sure he sticks with England.
“Raheem joined the senior squad for the Ukraine game and I spoke to him then,” said Hodgson. “He’s come through the English system and played his way through the youth teams.
“He plays for Liverpool. He’s played all his football in England. I don’t see why I should have any doubts that he wants to play for England.
“I suppose I have the somewhat naive point of view that if you’ve been brought up in England and got a chance of playing for the English national team, that should be a very joyous occasion.
“I don’t know that you should necessarily be looking over your shoulder to see if there’s any other national teams who want to take you.”