‘I’m Only Human’ – Raheem Sterling Defends Himself After Taking Flak For Admitting He Was ‘Too Tired’ To Play Against Estonia

Chris Wright

13th, October 2014


By Chris Wright

Soccer - UEFA Euro 2016 - Qualifying - Group E - Estonia v England - England Stadium Visit and Press Conference - A. Le Coq Arena

“But boss, it’s way past by bedtime already”

Raheem Sterling appeared to hit back at jilted England fans on Twitter last night after taking a barrage of flak for admitting he was “too tired” to start for Roy Hodgson’s side in their 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia in Tallinn last night.

It emerged that Sterling was left out of the England starting XI in favour of Adam Lallana on Sunday evening after complaining of fatigue in training the previous day, with Hodgson confirming as much in a post-match interview.

“Raheem said, ‘I’m feeling tired, I’d rather sit this one out’,” Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live after the game.

Sterling did feature in the latter stages of game after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute, but angry fans refused to cut him any slack – generally admonishing the Liverpool forward for his supposed lack of commitment to the cause.

However, the 19-year-old issued the following Tweet on Monday night, which seemed to be a subtle-yet-pointed response to all the griping…


Hormonal teenagers, eh? Bloody nightmare.

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  1. SG says:

    At that age I was working a full time job plus all the overtime I could get, and I still went out 4 nights a week, often getting a couple of hours sleep a night. Tired? I’d like to be tired on what he gets paid.

  2. Inno says:

    At that age, I were down t’pit and up t’chimney in the daytime, and delivered bread in the mornings on a bike while playing the trumpet

  3. Woy says:

    Poor baby!

  4. Neil #2 says:

    I’m glad he spoke up. Countless careers have been ruined by players being overtaxed at a young age (Michael Owen being only one.)

  5. EDub says:

    (1) Why did Hodgson even reveal this story? There could be no positive outcomes.
    (2) Upset Eng. fans should recognize that, if they are putting so much pressure on one 19 year old, then there team really is sh*te.

  6. Rob says:

    The English Ryan Giggs?

  7. dc says:

    EDub on the money here.

    Absolutely no reason for Hodgson to ever reveal that or for England fans to demand a 19 year old carry their uninspired team 100% of the time

  8. TravisKOP says:

    Sterling has started in 10 games in the span of a month, give the guy a break, i dont care if you’re the energizer bunny thats a tough schedule to keep.

  9. savage says:

    the new david bentley?

  10. Fat Nakago says:

    The only reason I’m drubbed about this is that I had him on my Euro 2016 Qualifying Fantasy Football team. Grrrrr…. =P

  11. jed says:

    What a wuss! Wait, he plays for liverpool scousers!

  12. Jester says:

    Of course he was tired. Have you seen how he runs???????????????????

    He is the athlete that “H” from Steps never was. “Mummmmmmmmmy!!!!!!!”

    Arms flailing as if running from “A Vewyy Big Thpider.”

    Is it true that when he runs with the ball he shouts “Whhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!” ???

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