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Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Estonia vs England: 'Tired' Raheem Sterling did not want to start in Tallinn, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson said that Raheem Sterling asked to be left out of the England team for the Euro 2016  qualifier against Estonia, claiming he was too tired to play at his best.

Roy Hodgson speaks to Raheem Sterling at the A. Le Coq stadium in Tallinn

Estonia vs England: Roy Hodgson promises to manage Raheem Sterling's fitness as Wayne Rooney says quick turnaround is not an issue

Hodgson has a fully fit squad for the 2016 European Championship qualifier, which will see England play their second game in four days tomorrow night

Estonia manager Magnus Pehrsson

Estonia vs England: Estonia's Swedish manager Magnus Pehrsson holds high praise for Roy Hodgson but Estonia taste an upset

Pehrsson knows Hodgson from his time managing in Sweden, but his only experience of English football is telling Chris Waddle he was taking a free-kick for Bradford

Estonia vs England: Roy Hodgson sticks by youth – aware he may not reap the rewards

England manager admits he may not be in charge when the likes of Sterling and Chambers reach their international peak

FA chairman Greg Dyke has criticised the FA Council as ‘overwhelmingly old, white and male’

FA chairman Greg Dyke proposes overhaul of grassroots football

The changes are designed to improve the fortunes of the England team in the long run

Danny Welbeck is congratulated on his goal

England vs San Marino match report: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend on target

England 5 San Marino 0: Even Phil Jagielka got in on the act

The San Marino squad have a team talk on the pitch during their training session at Wembley Stadium

England v San Marino: Minnows fly in for a good day out - and the usual thrashing

It is ludicrous they are given a free pass to play in a game that is supposed to represent the elite of the sport

Roy Hodgson (right) listens as Wayne Rooney answers a question during an England press conference

England v San Marino: I’m working to make sure our dressing room stays free of bullying, says Roy Hodgson

The manager and his staff are hopeful that they have eliminated the club-based cliques prevalent in the past

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