Raheem Sterling

PFA Men's Young Player of the Year nominee: Raheem Sterling (Liverpool FC).

Raheem Sterling could well be the answer to one of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup prayers as he considers his attacking options following the sad injury to Theo Walcott which ruled the Arsenal man out of his summer plans.

The England manager, like many others, has been mightily impressed with the Liverpool winger’s progress this season and his contribution to Brendan Rodger’s title-chasing side.

Sterling, who made his Liverpool debut at the age of 17 in 2012, may have just two full England caps to his name but his man of the match performance against Denmark recently sent out a clear ‘I’m ready’ message.

A regular starter for Liverpool this season, Sterling has grown in both stature and confidence and club colleague Daniel Agger, for one, is backing his young pal to be a World Cup star.

Agger has witnessed at first hand the 19-year-old’s development at Anfield, and the experienced defender was a member of the Danish side terrorised at times by the dynamic Sterling in the March friendly.

Hodgson will choose his squad for Brazil on May 13 and Agger believes Sterling is deserving of inclusion”. He can handle the pressure. Otherwise, he would not play for Liverpool. It is a fantastic opportunity for him”, he said.

“If he continues like he is doing right now, I can’t see any reason  why he should not get a place in the squad for the World Cup. He is a big talent and has the qualities England need”.

Having represented England at all levels from the Under 16s through to the Under 21s, the Jamaican-born wide man has already proved he’s got what it takes to flourish at the highest level.