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FOR­MER Eng­land star Paul Parker says Roy Hodg­son is lucky not to be sacked over the Ra­heem Ster­ling af­fair.

The 1990 World Cup de­fender was ap­palled Hodg­son made pub­lic the Liver­pool flier’s claim he was too tired to start in Es­to­nia.

Parker reck­ons it was the lat­est in a se­ries of ver­bal gaffes from the Eng­land boss – and the play­ers won’t trust him in fu­ture.

He said: “You won­der whether he de­serves to be Eng­land man­ager.

“Look at how Terry Ven­ables lost his job: he was do­ing fan­tas­tic work but was un­able to carry on due to le­gal is­sues.

“Glenn Hod­dle was sacked when mak­ing some silly com­ments.

“Roy is still in a job de­spite his own ver­bal di­ar­rhoea, but if there were any half-de­cent al­ter­na­tives he might be un­der con­sid­er­ably more pres­sure.”

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