England boss Roy Hodgson aware of Jamaica interest in Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling
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Roy Hodgson insists that he will not be able to stand in Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling's way if the teenager decides to play for Jamaica instead of England.

England manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that he will not stand in Raheem Sterling's way if the Liverpool winger eventually decides to play for Jamaica instead of the Three Lions.

The 17-year-old, who has impressed at Anfield in the first few weeks of the season, received a call-up into the England 2014 World Cup qualifier squad following Theo Walcott's bout of illness.

The teenager has the option of playing for Jamaica due to his heritage, despite already competing for the England Under-19s and Under-17s.

"Raheem might have Jamaican roots but he has been born and brought up in England and has got the ability to play for the England national team," Sky Sports News quotes Hodgson as saying.

"I'd like to think he would prefer that and would choose us over Jamaica but if that is his desire, we would have to accept that.

"I've not invited him here because I'm worried about overtures from other countries but because he is a potential England player of the near future, not distant future."

Meanwhile, England are preparing to take on Ukraine this evening.

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