Raheem Sterling: England's Roy Hodgson stays loyal to Liverpool star

England boss Roy Hodgson says the uncertainty around Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool has affected his form but says he will not lose faith in the forward.

Sterling has been criticised for wanting to leave the Reds and rejecting a £100,000-a-week contract with them.

The 20-year-old struggled to make an impact in England's 0-0 friendly draw with Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

"He is going through a bad time publicly but I have no reservations about playing him," Hodgson said.