Sterling happy with utility role

2014-06-18 09:33
Raheem Sterling (Supplied)

Cape Town - England starlet Raheem Sterling insists he is more than happy to play where ever Roy Hodgson wants him, claiming he is nothing if not a "team player".

The Liverpool striker was one of the standout performers for the Three Lions against Italy last week, despite being unable to help prevent his side from crashing to a 2-1 defeat in their 2014 World Cup opener.

And although he excelled in the hole behind striker Daniel Sturridge, Sterling could be played out wide for Thursday's crunch tie against Uruguay, with Wayne Rooney - who struggled in the right-wing position against the Azzurri - expected to take up his preferred role up front.

Sterling, though, insists he has no problem being shifted around in the squad, saying: "I would be happy to play anywhere the manager puts me.

"I am a team player. I will be working for the team regardless of which position I play in.

Sterling, who was a pivotal player for his Anfield club in the last stretch of the Premier League scoring 10 goals and notching up 5 assists in 34 appearances says that he is not the central figure of The Three Lions despite all the media attention.

"I don't think the team was built around me necessarily.

"I just think the manager thought that was the right position for me at the time, with my pressing and my closing down."

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