Mark Walters believes Roy Hodgson has called Raheem Sterling into the England squad to stop Jamaica poaching the teenage star.
The Liverpool youngster was born on the Caribbean isle but moved to London at a young age, meaning he could represent either country.
And former England and Liverpool star Walters claims Roy Hodgson could bring on the former QPR trainee as a substitute against Ukraine to secure his long-term future.
“There’s no doubt he’s been one of Liverpool’s bright sparks,” he told the Sports Bar. “There could be an undercurrent with his call-up though.
“Jamaica are very hot on him at the moment and maybe that’s one of the reasons why he’s been called up a little bit early.
“Jamaica want him to play for them so maybe England just want to get him tied up so he’s ineligible for anyone else.”