Sterling to be handed World Cup chance
Roy Hodgson is to give Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling the chance to replace Theo Walcott in England's World Cup squad.
According to the Daily Mail, 19-year-old Sterling will be called up for Hodgson's squad to face Denmark at Wembley on March 5 - the first of England's four warm-up matches before flying to Brazil.
Sterling has been in impressive form for Liverpool this season, capped off by a two-goal, man of the match performance in the Reds' 5-1 destruction of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
And it could not have come at a better time, with Gunners' forward Walcott out until the new season with a knee injury.
The paper also claims Sterling, who has one cap for England, has been concentrating on an intricate weight-training regime aimed at strengthening his slight 5'6" frame, while he has also banned himself from nights out in the three days prior to a match.
Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson, who has also impressed this season, will retain his place in the squad after being called up for the defeats to Chile and Germany in November.