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Thursday 19 October 2017

Hodgson labelled a dinosaur

FORMER Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen has labelled England manager Roy Hodgson as a 'dinosaur' who has made himself look stupid.

In the wake of the ongoing row over Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling's tiredness, Hodgson and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers have been told to "stop sniping" at each other over players by former striker Gary Lineker.

"It's time Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers stopped sniping. It's at their player's expense," Lineker, second on the list of England's all-time goalscorers, tweeted.

However, the outspoken Verheijen has ridiculed the English boss after Hodgson questioned Liverpool's fitness regime, which is based on a two-day recovery system for the likes of Sterling and Daniel Sturridge - who has not played since being injured in training on international duty last month.

CRITICAL

The Dutchman was highly critical of Hodgson after he declared: "I don't think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the 'two-day recovery'."

"England manager Roy Hodgson once again made himself look extremely stupid. He is the perfect example of a typical uneducated English coach," Verheijen, who has also worked with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Holland, wrote on Twitter.

"Embarrassing to see dinosaur Hodgson questioning the fitness regime of the forward thinking manager Brendan Rodgers.

"Roy Hodgson's incompetence must be frustrating for educated managers like Brendan Rodgers who travelled the world."

Sterling reported signs of tiredness before England's Euro qualifier in Estonia and was left out of the starting line-up, although he came off the bench to win the free-kick from which Wayne Rooney scored the only goal.

Afterwards Hodgson put himself at odds with Liverpool once again by dismissing the Reds' medical team's individually-tailored programmes which allows pacy players like Sterling and Sturridge to lower intensity recovery for two days after a match.

"Certainly, the Germans who you (the media) admire so much - they don't do it. That is for certain," said Hodgson.

Verheijen, though, went into precise details as to why Sterling should be treated differently.

"Firstly, 19-year old players do not have a fully matured body yet so for them the game demands are higher and will develop much more fatigue," wrote the Dutchman, who still acts as consultant for several national football associations and clubs."

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