Brendan Rodgers Wants Players To Shine Like Juan Mata

Brendan Rodgers Wants Players To Shine Like Juan Mata

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thinks England's Under 21s can use this summer's European Championship to emulate Juan Mata.

Brendan Rodgers Wants Players To Shine Like Juan Mata

Chelsea star Mata helped Spain win the age group tournament in 2011 having dropped down from the senior setup.

The playmaker, who has had an excellent season at club level, was then a part of Vicente del Bosque's Euro 2012-winning senior squad.

And Rodgers wants England's U21s, including Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson, to use this year as a chance to shine.

The Liverpool manager said in the Daily Star: "I always think going to big championships like that is great for their learning.

"All these football experiences are good for them. I'm not one who is against players representing their countries.

"Look at someone like Juan Mata. Two years ago, he dropped down from the senior Spain squad to the U21s and helped them to win the tournament.

"A year later, he was part of the team who won Euro 2012 and then last summer he went off to the Olympics."

Teenage Liverpool star Raheem Sterling will not be involved in the Euros due to a thigh injury and Rodgers believes that is a wise decision.

He said: "Everyone was in agreement that we need to look after the long-term situation with Raheem.

"He's obviously had a chronic problem where he's been playing and working through it. But we needed to give him recovery and rest."

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