Sterling to stay loyal to England

26 December 2012 06:53:45 EST

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has said that he will continue to make himself available to play for England and will not be switching his allegiance to Jamaica.

Raheem Sterling has been a Liverpool regular this season.

The 18-year-old holds dual nationality and could still play for Jamaica even though he has represented England at every level from under-16 onwards.

He won his first senior cap for England in last month's 4-2 defeat to Sweden but, as that encounter was only a friendly, he could still represent the country of his birth.

Sterling, who has been a regular in Brendan Rodgers' side this season despite his youth and relative inexperience, said: "It was a dream come true (to play against Sweden).

"As a 15-year-old I can remember sitting at home and praying to get an under-16 call-up, so to be getting a senior call-up a few years later was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

"I want to keep driving on and do a bit more. Obviously I've got Jamaican roots but no-one tried to put any pressure on me, which was the good thing. But I couldn't turn my back on England because I've grown up through the English youth system and progressed from there.

"I couldn't just switch over. So it was a good thing for me to be called up and make my debut. It's 100 per cent going to be England from now on."

Liverpool visit the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on Boxing Day. A goalless draw is available at 7/1 while Sterling can be backed at 11/1 to open the scoring against the Potters.

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