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Liverpool star Raheem Sterling arrested on assault charge

By Jack de Menezes

Raheem Sterling has appeared in court to deny a charge of assault after he was arrested on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old spent the night in a police cell on Merseyside, and he appeared at the city’s magistrates court earlier today where he denied the charge.

He was arrested at 10.30pm yesterday evening in Page Moss, and it is not the first time Sterling has had a brush with the law.

He was named yesterday in Roy Hodgson’s Under-21 side to face Scotland next week, with the senior side boss taking charge of the youth team while a replacement for Stuart Pearce is found.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo last month, Sterling said: “I didn’t think so at the time, but the break I had probably did me good.”

“You want to play as many games as you can but mentally as well as physically I probably needed a rest.

“At the time there were a few things going on off the field. That time I spent out means I’m raring to go for the new season.

“Now it’s up to me. I need to kick-on and prove I really did deserve those call-ups; that it wasn’t just a fluke. I have a lot to prove this season.”

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "Raheem Sterling, 18, of Woolton, was charged with Section 39 common assault.

"Sterling was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today."

Sterling was granted conditional bail and will return to the same court to stand trial on September 20

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