2016 Euros: What happened to Sterling?
At the tender age of 21, the Manchester City forward has time to improve and, with Roy Hodgson now gone, he could yet blossom for the Three Lions.
Sterling’s return to England’s starting line-up against Iceland, on a day that fans were dreading losing, was a huge disappointment, to put it mildly, and contributed to England being labelled as one of the worst teams in the Euros.
On Facebook, a critic of Sterling offered to donate money to send the young player home and he got over £1,000! But it was all a joke, although few England fans are laughing now.
Going back to that ill-fated Iceland game, Sterling wasn’t getting that many passes from his teammates and whenever he did get the ball his control was very poor and, invariably, he lost the ball.
Against him was 31- year-old Birkir Saevarsson, the weakest right back in the European Championship. Someone who plays in Sweden for little known Hammarby. Saevarsson found Sterling easy to defend against and made many interceptions.
A popular opinion is that Sterling is the reason that England football team has become so unattractive and really hard to love.
Sterling is being compared to former England forward John Barnes, who was great for Liverpool but regularly booed by England’s fans because he rarely produced his club form in the international arena.
What lies ahead for Sterling is questionable. Man City fans will be praying that he quickly puts his Euro nightmare behind him.
Josh, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy