It has been long known Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a bone to pick with England manager Roy Hodgson over his treatment of Daniel Sturridge's training regime.
Hodgson's 'deviation' from Sturridge's normal training procedure lead to a thigh injury that has kept him out of action throughout the whole of September and half of October.
That spat has now needlessly transferred over to another Liverpool and England star, Raheem Sterling.
Sterling has rapidly become an undroppable player for both Liverpool and England, so when he was, well, dropped for the game against Estonia, fans and the media put two and two together and acussed Hodgson of bowing down to the supposed requests of Rodgers.
Amid the backdrop of accusations, Hodgson has repeatedly ramped up the point scoring games he and Rodgers seem to pettily uphold.
Before the game with Estonia began, Hodgson justified his decision to drop Sterling by literally dropping Sterling in the middle of the crossfire. He told ITV: "Yesterday we trained but Raheem was complaining a little about being tired and was not at his best."
The jibes continued after the game as Hodgson switched his attentions to Brendan Rodgers, whilst painting himself as the innocent party in the war of words. In a post-match interview with Radio 5 Live, Hodgson stated: "He said, 'I'm feeling tired, I'd rather sit this one out'. The 67-year-old added: "It's unfair if all the expectations to give the player a little bit of a break fall on me."
Yesterday, Hodgson then berated the two-day rest programme managers like Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho like to implement.
"Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than he would normally do," said Hodgson.
"But I don't think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the 'two-day recovery'. Certainly, the Germans who you admire so much, they don't do it.
"Obviously we did it from the start [of Hodgson's reign]. We had people like John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard who I felt would be better off having an extra day or whatever.
"I would not expect players to take it for granted there will be two-day recoveries but, on the other hand, it could easily be like this time when we did virtually nothing in terms of what I consider to be training the day after the game.
"We did 40 minutes, including a warm-up, the day before the game and that was at a fairly low-level intensity. That was my decision.
"I should speak to Brendan, but it really is very simple and I am sure he understands that situation.
"He has played a lot of games recently and it is the first year in the Champions League for Liverpool for a while so the games have obviously been quite high pressure.
"But Brendan has been talking anyway about the pressures Raheem has been under and the fatigue that may have set in a little bit, so I am pretty sure he will be dealing over the next month with Raheem as he sees fair."
In the midst of all the back-talking and points scoring, Sterling has been getting a lot of scorn for something that is actually quite justified considering how much his football time has actually trebled over the past year.
When asked why Sterling was dropped, it would have been easier for Hodgson to say Lallana was in better form (something not too far from the truth) or the simple cliche of, (insert player here) would have added something different.
Either response would have satisfied media and fan interest in why Sterling was dropped, deflecting attention away from the player - a good sign of good man management.
Instead, Hodgson decided his conflict with Rodgers was more important that protecting his player. The end result of Hodgson's ego is large swathes of the nation thinking (rightfully or wrongfully) that Sterling is a petulant youth who does not understand how lucky he is.
The affair may have caused untold damage to Sterling's psyche - something Gary Linekar alludes to (below).