Downing offers Sterling advice
Tuesday, 11 September, 2012
Liverpool winger gives Reds team mate advice after England call.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has told Raheem Sterling to listen to as much advice as he can from team-mates and managers to help him progress.
The 17-year-old received a surprise call-up to the England squad yesterday to provide cover after the withdrawal of Theo Walcott and concerns over Daniel Sturridge's fitness.
Having been involved in a couple of outings last season, Sterling has found himself thrust into the limelight under new manager Brendan Rodgers' regime.
And Downing – who missed out on selection for England’s World Cup qualifiers this month – sees similarities with his own career.
Speaking to the Liverpool website, he said: "Credit where credit is due, he's a good player.
"Raheem deserved his chance and he's done well in two difficult games against Manchester City and Arsenal.
"We weren't great against Arsenal but I thought he was one of our stand-out players.
"He's very mature for his age. He listens and he's got a good future.
"He's got a lot of experienced players around him and that is similar to how it was for me at Middlesbrough when I was young.
"I played with a lot of top professionals like Paul Ince and Gareth Southgate and had good people around me who could help.
"Raheem's certainly in good company here and I think in terms of advice I would tell him to listen and learn and just keep doing what he's doing at the moment.
"Take advice from the manager and listen to the players who are on the pitch on the day."