Great ex­pec­ta­tions for Ster­ling

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

LON­DON — Liver­pool’s teenage winger Ra­heem Ster­ling is con­fi­dent at least one of his dreams will come true in the next few months with his club chal­leng­ing for the Pre­mier League ti­tle and Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son set to an­nounce his World Cup squad.

The fleet­footed 19­year­old is not rul­ing out both sce­nar­ios hap­pen­ing, ei­ther.

“I don’t want to be the one that says Liver­pool can go on and win the league,” he told the BBC yes­ter­day. “But there’s a real be­lief and to­geth­er­ness in the squad, we’re all work­ing for each other. We all know what the dream is at the end of it.”

Reds are sec­ond in the league, a point be­hind Chelsea and two clear of Manch­ester City, who have two games in hand on the top two.

Hodg­son, a for­mer Liver­pool man­ager, is also a fan.

“He has seen me play and I think he likes the way I play. I’m grate­ful he’s the man­ager of Eng­land,” said the player. “He gives me good mo­ti­va­tion to do well. He puts his arm around me and gives me lit­tle things I can do bet­ter at.

“Grow­ing up you watch play­ers like Ronald­inho play­ing in World Cups, do­ing the busi­ness and you idolise these people,” he added of the prospect of trav­el­ling to Brazil for the World Cup fi­nals in June.

“To then get called up by Eng­land for a World Cup? I don’t think there’d be a greater feel­ing, know­ing you could help make the na­tion proud.” — Reuters.

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