RAHEEM Sterling’s former headteacher has congratulated the youngster on his selection for England football’s World Cup squad.

The 19-year-old Liverpool star and former Rainhill High pupil was named in Roy Hodgson’s 23, who will take part in the tournament in Brazil this summer.

Born in Jamaica, Sterling was a pupil at Rainhill for three years after moving to the region from London.

He made his breakthrough for the Reds as a 17-year-old but his form had suffered a setback last year. He had been playing in front of small crowds at Langtree Park for the under 21s until he again began to show his rich promise and was catapulted into playing a key role for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Head teacher John Pout said: “He would often play football on the back field at lunchtime. Younger pupils were delighted on the rare occasion they took the ball off him. I am delighted for Raheem and his family on his selection for the England World Cup squad.”

Mr Pout added: “Our partnership with Liverpool FC is now five years old. It is the biggest and most academically successful in the Premier League.

“Raheem is one of three ex-pupils to have made their debut.”