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Hodgson awaits reply on message about Sturridge

England manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers failed to return his call on whether Daniel Sturridge would have been fit enough for international duty.

The Reds striker has been hampered by injuries this season, the latest being a calf problem.

He has not played since he strained a thigh muscle just before England's clash with Switzerland in September.

Hodgson left a message for Rodgers about Sturridge's fitness ahead of naming his squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly in Scotland.

The England manager received no direct reply from the Reds boss, whose side tackle Premier League leaders Chelsea tomorrow lunchtime.

Asking about the prospect of calling up Sturridge, Hodgson said: "That was never a realistic possibility. He is still recovering from the calf injury he picked up.

"It is unfortunate. We were hoping, of course, to get him back, but it hasn't worked out.

"Our medical staff have had contact.

"I have left a message for Brendan. The message was that it is pretty obvious that Daniel is not fit, and Brendan's not rung back to counter that he actually is."

Hodgson added: "I left a message for him only last night. It was just to let him I understood Daniel Sturridge was not fit for these games, so in any questions I was going to get today then the answers I was going to give he would understand them and be happy with, hopefully."

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is included in the squad, having been left out of England's starting line-up for last month's Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

Hodgson revealed Sterling had told him he was tired, which led to accusations the 19-year-old had said he did not want to play.

Those claims have been refuted by Hodgson, who stressed again Sterling has been "unfairly treated".

Asked if he has spoken to Sterling about the media fall-out, Hodgson said: "I speak to Raheem all of the time.

"As far as I am concerned, I had a chat with him, which was an unfortunate one, it is over and I have nothing to say or to add to all of the things which have been said so far.

"My personal view was he has been unfairly treated, I am disappointed for him and he knows that, but our relationship's a very, very good one."


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