England coach Roy Hodgson wants Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling to play in the U21 European Championships.

Hodgson has also decided to free up Manchester United's new signing Wilfried Zaha and Sterling's Liverpool team-mate Jonjo Shelvey for the Under-21 tournament in Israel after discussions with the team's manager, Stuart Pearce.

The decision is not guaranteed to go down well at Liverpool, where there are burnout concerns about Sterling in his breakthrough season.