Exclusive – Former England captain slams Sterling’s tired excuse

first_imgAlan Shearer has told talkSPORT he still cannot understand why Raheem Sterling said he was “too tired” to turn out for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson confirmed after the 1-0 win in Tallinn the Liverpool attacker had admitted to being fatigued on the eve of the game and was therefore left on the bench.Sterling, 19, did appear as a substitute on 64 minutes, but the England manager’s revelation has prompted fans and former players to lay into the Reds star. And Shearer, who captained England 34 times out of his 64 caps, says he still cannot understand the teenager’s decision.Asked if he had any sympathy for Sterling the Newcastle legend told Drivetime: “No. I understand a guy saying to a manager, ‘Look is there anything you can help me with? I’m feeling a bit tired or can the sports scientist help me out, or the nutritionist. But don’t ever think I don’t want to play the game tomorrow night, I’m desperate to play.’“I would never ever give the manager an excuse to leave me out. I was amazed that it came out and that Raheem went and said it. I look at the best players in the world and I look at Lionel Messi and I’m pretty certain he started when he was 17 and look at the way he’s going.“I’m fascinated to find out whether he would have told the manager he was tired if it was a World Cup final. I don’t think he would have. Was it because it was Estonia away or what? I’m not sure.”Shearer added no one during his era of the game would ever admit to being too tired to feature in a match.“I understand that players do need rests and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a working man or a footballer you can be tired at times,” he said.“But in the time I was brought up and I was playing I never heard it and never would have said it. I do find it hard to understand and I don’t think the man on the street would ever understand someone who played football to say they’re tired.“It’s very rare you’re a 100 per cent fit in any game you go into because you’re always carrying some kind of knock and you’ve got to get through that game.”last_img read more