Coach Whitmore Not surprised by Sterling’s Decision
Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore says while slightly disappointed, he is not surprised that 17-year-old Jamaica-born forward, Raheem Sterling, took the decision to play for England.
Sterling, who has so far had a breakout season in the English Premier League (EPL) with Liverpool, was yesterday given a call-up by England coach Roy Hodgson ahead of their World Cup Qualifier (WCQ) against the Ukraine today at Wembley.
“It was not surprising to me,” said Whitmore, who is currently in the USA with the Boyz ahead of today’s return-leg CONCACAF semi-final round WCQ clash against the United States in Columbus, Ohio.
“When you have a player playing for Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea, I think one’s agent would want to tend to lure them to play for an England, and this appears to be the case,” Whitmore surmised.
Whitmore was quoted in an exclusive interview in The STAR last Tuesday saying the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) had signalled an interest to Sterling, who after five appearances for Liverpool this season has impressed many with his dazzling pace, skill and general awareness.
At the time, Whitmore was quick to point out that the decision to play for Jamaica or England ultimately rested in the hands of Sterling, who has progressed through England’s youth ranks, having represented the country at the Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.
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