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England - Players needing rest vs I'm too tired

While playing for both club and country in game after game players do need a rest but is it ever ok to ask to be rested for your country knowing the opportunity that rests in front of you?

England beat Estonia 1-0 yesterday which enforced their top position to qualify for the Euro's having won all their games so far. 

Recent events have overshadowed the win when Roy Hodgson commented after the game that Raheem Sterling had asked to sit out the qualifier saying he was too tired.

Sterling did come on later in the game and won the freekick that England captain Wayne Rooney scored from. But once the conversation between Hodgson and Sterling was announced two major questions sprung up:

1. Was it right that Sterling actually wished to sit out an International game claiming he was too tired?

Many players know their limits and Sterling has played more minutes this season than at this time last season as the Champions League may have helped fatigue the player. Should he risk injury this would be a big blow to both England and Liverpool. Although for some players such as Jamie Carragher whether they were tired or not he wanted "as much game time as possible".

2. Was Hodgson right to tell the press about the conversation?

Roy took the decision to tell the public why Raheem Sterling had not started as many were criticising the England Manager for the young England talent being left out of the side. Sterling certainly didn't agree later tweeting "Now listening too...Excuse me for being human omw home". Some argue that this discussion was a private matter and should be left behind closed doors.

In Hodgson's position would you have allowed the player to rest or would you have made Sterling play on knowing this is a national game? Tweet us your answer @fitforfootball or let us know on our Facebook.

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