Roy Hodgson believed in Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and joked he hopes it means hell go easy on Crystal Palace this weekend.
Palace host the Premier League winners at Selhurst Park on Saturday at a 5.30pm kick-off – live on Sky Sports Premier League – together using Pep Guardiolas side needing a response after losing at home to Wolves out time.
Liverpool are eight points clear from City when he comes up from his old international manager and in-form Sterling will likely probably be glad to follow up his brace.
Hodgson stuck by Sterling and passed the winger his international debut.
That is in the past currently boasting a list of 13 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for club and country this season and a body for City and England.
He was always a fantastic midfielder, a quite difficult worker, made great runs the majority of the time. I recall in Switzerland, he played behind the front gamers, such as he was to Liverpool, and he had been very outstanding, Hodgson said.
The criticism levelled at him was my displeasure and the attention he was becoming elsewhere from social networking and at times the media itself was draining his assurance.
I think that the major thing for Raheem is there is no drain in his assurance, there is little doubt about his ability. Of course he is playing in a group thats creating plenty of opportunities so when he puts in the regions he is able to score goals.
On this subject also, I have to add that his adulthood as a person has been very fascinating to observe.
All the responsibility hes accepted and not just as a Manchester City player but shouldering a heavy burden with all the racism and the attention thats being paid to the racism difficulty that weve got.
Hes been a fantastic spokesperson. I heap praise on him in the expectation hell reimburse me by playing very badly.
Even though City enter this game with defeats to Wolves and Norwich still fresh in the memory card, the hosts are one of the kind teams in the branch.
Palace are sixth in the table – two points off the champions – after winning four of their last six league matches.
Nevertheless Hodgson insisted:I do not understand that Pep needs to be worried about any group but it could be nice if they felt that they needed to show us some respect.
We all know we will be extended to the limit to provide them the kind of game we all like to give them but it is a struggle and it is an exciting challenge.
Hodgson confessed but conceded hed understand when is the time to call it, he gets great joy from managing despite turning 72 in August.
I will continue if thats the perfect thing to do. I will need to be convinced when the time comes that its the ideal thing to do and something that I can contribute to and provide me the satisfaction that the last few seasons have, Hodgson added.
In the moment I am fairly comfortable waiting to see what transpires but Im not ready to place a date on the day once I am likely to say football was good to me and I shall move aside and let someone else have a go.
You could argue in the long run you must be well ready to go apart but nevertheless I feel I can do it. I enjoy it, I get so much pleasure out of the job. I wont walk away willingly.
Palace will probably be without Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and Connor Wickham for your trip City.
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