Roy Hodgson set to give Raheem Sterling his England debut against Sweden
Last Updated: October 21, 2012 2:27pm
Raheem Sterling: Could make his England debut against Sweden in November
England manager Roy Hodgson has indicated that Raheem Sterling is in line to make his international debut in November.
The Three Lions face Sweden on November 15th and Hodgson is keen to take a look at the 17-year-old Liverpool winger, who scored his first Premier League goal against Reading on Saturday.
Sterling was in Stuart Pearce's England Under 21 squad for the European Championship play-offs against Serbia but is expected to join the likes of Chris Smalling and Steven Caulker in a youthful senior squad.
"I will use the November game in Sweden to look at a few players. Sterling is one."
"I will use the November game in Sweden to look at a few players," said the England boss, quoted in The People.
"Sterling is one. We allowed him to go with the Under 21s last time when we might well have taken him into our squad had they not had such an important game.
"I'd like to think Smalling will come into the squad too, and the same applies to Phil Jones.
"I hope Smalling and Jones - and Caulker if you want a third one - can start to put a few people under pressure."
Hodgson also expects to keep checking on his potential squad members despite the next competitive game being five months away.
"I'll try to get round to the clubs and speak to the managers," he added.
"I want to get to the clubs' training grounds and keep that contact going with the players."