The Liverpool starlet made an appearance from the bench in the second half of the Three Lions' 1-0 win over Estonia in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
Hodgson revealed that Sterling didn't feel as though he was in his best form due to fatigue.
The 19-year-old faced some criticism on Twitter, and Ferdinand has now waded into the debate by tweeting: "Sterling - tired, fair play to him. English players are normally too proud to do that unlike our foreign friends. #FreshWhenItMattersMost."
The player himself appeared to defend himself on the social networking website by claiming that he is "only human".