Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he hasn't ruled out Raheem Sterling's involvement for England at the U21 Euros.
Rodgers has dismissed a report winger Sterling has already been ruled out of this summer's U21 Championships because of a thigh injury which has been troubling him in recent weeks.
"Not at this point, no," was his response when asked whether a decision had been taken on his international involvement.
"The medics wanted to take him out for a few weeks just to see where he was at with injuries. It has been an ongoing one.
"He's a very young player so we don't want to risk any long-term injury when there's no need.
"Of course you would rather have him in the squad to develop him, but this is a part of making sure we have a duty of care for him as a young player.
"When he shows signs of fatigue and a little bit of injury, we have to look at that and treat it in the best way we think possible.
"At the moment, that's to take him out."