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Sterling pledges loyalty to England

26 December 2012 09:09

Raheem Sterling is '100 per cent' committed to an international career with England.

The Liverpool winger feels he could not turn his back on the youth system which developed him as a footballer to play for Jamaica.

The 18-year-old was born in Jamaica with his family, and could still elect to play for either nation having only featured as a substitute in the 4-2 friendly loss to Sweden for the Three Lions.

However, while he has been courted from officials from both sides, the youngster is glad he made his debut for Roy Hodgson's side and will remain in the white shirt of England.

"I couldn't turn my back on England because I've grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there," he told reporters.

"I couldn't just switch over, I won't do that.

"Obviously I've got Jamaican roots. I was born there and my mum and family are from there, but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing.

"I believe it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut for England. It's 100 percent going to be England from now on."

Sterling and his mother moved from Kingston to London when he was five, and he was brought through the youth academy at QPR before former Reds boss Rafael Benitez signed him in 2010.



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