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Man Utd legend Scholes questions Rodgers role in Sterling England row

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has questioned Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' role in Raheem Sterling's England controversy. Sterling told Roy Hodgson that he was feeling tired just 24 hours before the win away in Estonia at the weekend - stirring a national debate on the legitimacy of ducking out.

The England manager opted to open up on the reasons for Sterling's absence - a decision that hasn't been met with widespread approval.

"I really hope that there has been no pressure placed on him by Rodgers or anyone at his club to say that he was feeling tired or heavy-legged on Saturday," Scholes wrote in the Independent.

"I really hope that his decision to tell Hodgson that he was not at his best was his, and his alone."

Scholes added: "That injury to Daniel Sturridge was not Hodgson's fault. It could have happened to any player from any club.

"What has created the problem has been Rodgers complaining about the two-day recovery process in the aftermath of the injury."

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