England forward Raheem Sterling defended his decision not to start his side’s Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia on Sunday, saying: “Excuse me for being human.”
Manager Roy Hodgson explained that the Liverpool winger had complained of fatigue on the eve of the match. The matter was discussed on the sports pages of several British newspapers, while Sterling also received critical messages on Twitter. He responded by tweeting: “Now listening too.. Excuse me for being human?? omw (on my way) home.”
Jamaica-born Sterling also retweeted two of the messages he had received. One read: “Oi @sterling31 sod off and choose to play for Jamaica if you’re going to continue all this tired nonsense”.