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Thursday 16 August 2018

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (inset) has criticised England's treatment of Daniel Sturridge after the striker was ruled out for up to three weeks with a thigh problem.

The 25-year-old was injured during a training session on Friday just over 36 hours after playing 89 minutes of the friendly against Norway.

England boss Roy Hodgson was preparing his players for Monday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland but Rodgers claimed had Sturridge been with his club he would have been given extra time to recover in the same situation and suggested the national team set-up did not consider individual needs sufficiently.

"It could be up to three weeks, which is disappointing as I think it is an injury which could have been avoided," said the Reds boss.

"We have Emre Can back from Germany (Under-21s) who could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury he got when they were 6-0 up.

"We got Joe Allen, back after playing on an awful (artificial) pitch, who has an issue with his knee.

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