Despite the poor form the English winger is struggling with, the former England manager, who handed Sterling his England debut, thinks he still has plenty to offer at the international level.
Breaking his goal drought after 11 games during Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace this weekend, Raheem Sterling has already lost his guaranteed place in Pep Guardiola's starting XI.
However, Roy Hodgson believes the 26-year-old has still plenty to offer for England’s upcoming Euro 2020 tournament. Crystal Palace manager told reporters after Saturday's Premier League clash: “I am a great admirer of Raheem, I think he is a fine player.
“It is a wonderful position to be in if you’re Pep Guardiola that you believe you have other players you prefer to use to Raheem, but I am pretty certain in terms of England, he will still be an important player and an important cog in the wheel because he has so much ability.”
Then, the 73-year-old went on to admire some of his former player’s abilities. He added: “The skill set he has and ability he has to beat people, get into goalscoring positions and score and set up chances, they are hard skillsets to find, and a great quality Raheem has got, and one I have always admired in him, is he is not a player who stays up there and waits for the ball to come to him,” the Crystal Palace boss said.
“He makes certain he goes in search of it and when he loses it, he gets it back and plays an important role in the team’s defensive work. These are things we as coaches expect of our players these days, but it’s not always easy to get it.”
With Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Jesse Lingard all under consideration for England’s upcoming Euro 2020 squad, Sterling’s place at Southgate’s squad might hugely rely on his Manchester City role.