Hodgson took Sterling aside from the rest of the group for a five-minute chat while they were all out on the pitch.
The England manager would not reveal the contents of the conversation, but he was more than happy to hint the Liverpool winger would start the game despite some concerns of burn-out.
"We are all working together for the boy's best. We want him to play the games because he has burst onto the scene with a vengeance and he is playing very well and as a result you don't want to leave your best players out of the team."
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