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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has shared his full praise for Raheem Sterling, claiming Manchester City man has “hard skill sets to find”.
The Citizens celebrated a 2 – 0 win over the Eagles at the weekend, while after the clash Hodgson spoke about Sterling’s qualities and what he can offer to England national team this summer.
“I am a great admirer of Raheem, I think he is a fine player,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.
“It is a wonderful position to be in if you’re Pep Guardiola that you believe you have other players you prefer to use to Raheem.
“But I am pretty certain in terms of England, he will still be an important player and an important cog in the wheel because he has so much ability.
“The skill set he has and ability he has to beat people, get into goal-scoring positions and score and set up chances, they are hard skill sets to find.
“And a great quality Raheem has got, and one I have always admired in him, is he is not a player who stays up there and waits for the ball to come to him.
“He makes certain he goes in search of it and when he loses it, he gets it back and plays an important role in the team’s defensive work.
“These are things we as coaches expect of our players these days, but it’s not always easy to get it.”