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‘Raheem Sterling is taking Football to another level’ – Gareth Southgate


Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling has taken his game to “another level” with his late penalty winner against Iceland proving England are not overly reliant on Harry Kane.

Sterling coolly stroked home a last-gasp spot-kick he had won himself as England ended a 10-month hiatus with a 1-0 Nations League win in Reykjavik on Saturday.

The Manchester City forward played the whole game despite only recently returning for pre-season training with Southgate full of praise for the man who scored his 11th goal in his past 12 international appearances.

“His hunger to score, his hunger to win things, his hunger to drive himself, you really can’t underestimate it,” Southgate said of Sterling.

“It has a massive impact on everybody around him and really has taken his game to another level.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him really, it would have been very easy to have another few days on the beach, not report in, get himself right for his club at the beginning of the season.

“His mentality the whole week has been exceptional. Desperate to be here, desperate to play, desperate to stay on, I thought he carried the fight when we went down to 10 men.


“He took the responsibility of the penalty, and I thought it was outstanding character throughout – his desire to win and succeed is exceptional.”

England are back in action on Tuesday night for another Nations League away clash, this time meeting Denmark in Copenhagen.

Given that the new domestic season is not yet under way, Southgate is likely to have to juggle his side.

Captain Harry Kane, in particular, looked off the pace for much of the win in Iceland – even if he did see an early goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Kane’s return to pre-season training with Tottenham was delayed after he was forced to quarantine as per the UK coronavirus regulations following a holiday in the Bahamas.

The 27-year-old has scored 32 goals in just 46 England appearances, including winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.


But with the likes of Sterling also finding his scoring boots for his country, Southgate does not feel any future success would rely solely on Kane.

“Harry is a supreme goalscorer and is critical to the way we play,” he said.

“Equally, we have some tremendous threats which will be clear as the next few months develop with Raheem in particular.

“Obviously we’ve spoken about Jadon (Sancho) already, Mason (Greenwood) is coming though, Marcus Rashford is of course at home.

“Phil (Foden) who I thought had a really good debut in really difficult circumstances, really difficult to play in those areas, and Mason Mount will score goals as well.

“The nice thing is that we won’t be leaning just on Harry and I think games like the win in Spain (a 3-2 Nations League victory in October 2018, with two Sterling goals and one from Rashford) show that goals can come from elsewhere.”

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Sterling’s time to shine


No Harry Kane, no problem. Well, not quite, but England are finally proving they can cope without their talismanic captain.

That has not always been the case. The national team’s reliance on Kane is inescapable. Since the start of the 2018 World Cup, the Tottenham striker has scored 19 of England’s 61 goals.

He should have been awarded his 33rd international strike against Iceland on Saturday but his early effort was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Yet, there are promising signs that England’s reliance on Kane is fading. Raheem Sterling has scored 11 of those 61 England goals — and provided six assists — while Marcus Rashford has notched seven.


That is not to diminish Kane’s importance — his influence on this team is obvious — but it is clear the national side are becoming adept at winning matches without leaning so heavily on their No 1 striker.

By the time Sterling had stroked home England’s winning penalty in Iceland, captain Kane had been substituted.

And Gareth Southgate’s side had also been reduced to 10 men after Kyle Walker’s show of indiscipline.

Yet they managed to stumble over the over the line, albeit courtesy of Birkir Bjarnason’s woeful penalty miss just moments after Sterling had successfully converted his spot-kick.

How they won is neither here nor there — it never is when England play. And this was only the third time in three years that they had won a competitive game without Kane scoring.

‘Harry is a supreme goalscorer and he is critical to the way we play,’ said Southgate.


‘Equally, we have some tremendous threats which will be clear as the next few months develop, with Raheem in particular. Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount coming through, Marcus Rashford, of course, at home (injured).

‘The nice thing is that we won’t be leaning just on Harry and I think goals can come from elsewhere. But he’s still a critical part of what we do.’

Add Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, who made his international debut in Reykjavik, to the equation and it is hard to disagree with Southgate’s thinking.

The re-emergence of Southampton’s Danny Ings — scorer of 22 Premier League goals last season — as an international option could also be key for Southgate ahead of next summer’s European Championship. Kane’s lack of fitness following a quarantine-hit pre-season was clear during the second half and it remains to be seen whether Southgate starts his captain against Denmark on Tuesday.

If the manager does decide to rest his first-choice striker, he will do so safe in the knowledge that he has viable alternatives.


None more so than Sterling, who is arguably surpassing Kane as England’s most influential player. When England needed a hero against Iceland, the Manchester City man stepped up.

He has been doing that with increasing regularity in an England shirt. Southgate said: ‘I can’t speak highly enough of him, really. It would have been very easy to have another few days on the beach, not report for international duty, get himself right for his club at the beginning of the season.

‘But his mentality the whole week has been exceptional: desperate to be here, desperate to play, desperate to stay on. I thought he carried the fight when we went down to 10 men.

‘He took the responsibility of the penalty and I thought it was outstanding character throughout. His desire to win and succeed is exceptional.

‘Along with Kevin De Bruyne, he was the outstanding player in the Champions League game when Manchester City went out (against Lyon last month), and he’s just been relentless.


‘His hunger to score, his hunger to win things, his hunger to drive himself, you really can’t underestimate that. It has a massive impact on everybody around him and really has taken his game to another level.’

Southgate has turned his attention to Tuesday’s game in Copenhagen. He will freshen up the team — he has no option with a number of players looking exhausted during the closing minutes against Iceland. Having deployed a 4-3-3 system on Saturday, the early indications are that he will consider a switch to 3-4-3 against the Danes.

But however the team lines up, they will do so safe in the knowledge that even without their most distinguished striker, they can still win matches.

ICELAND (4-1-2-2-1): Halldorsson 7; Hermannsson 6, Ingason 6, Arnason 7, Magnusson 6; Palsson 7; Traustason 6 (Hallfredsson 76min), Bjarnason 6; Bodvarsson 7 (H Fridjonsson 90), Thorsteinsson 5 (A Sigurdsson 66, 6); Gudmundsson 6. Subs not used: Fjoluson, Eyjolfsson, S Fridjonsson, Kristinsson, Runarsson, Anderson, Baldursson, Skulason. Booked: Ingason. Sent off: Ingason.

ENGLAND (4-3-3): Pickford 6; Walker 5, Gomez 6, Dier 6.5, Trippier 7; Ward-Prowse 6.5, Rice 6.5, Foden 6.5 (Ings 68, 6); Sancho 6.5 (Alexander-Arnold 73, 6), Kane 6 (Greenwood 78), Sterling 8. Subs not used: Pope, Mings, Keane, Grealish, Mount, Maitland-Niles, Coady, Phillips, Henderson. Scorer: Sterling 90 (pen). Booked: Walker, Gomez. Sent off: Walker.

Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Ser) 6.5

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Cavajal afraid Sterling will be in good shape against Madrid


Raheem Sterling is in great shape this season and Dani Carvajal will be the Real Madrid player who will try to contain the Englishman in the return leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City.

The 25-year-old forward only played 17 minutes in the first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but they were enough to trouble Los Blancos’ defence.

He was the player to tee up Gabriel Jesus for Manchester City’s equaliser and he forced Carvajal to concede a penalty, which was converted by Kevin de Bruyne for his team’s second.


Sterling has scored 29 times across all competitions this season, which means just one goal fewer than Lionel Messi.

He has already managed to break his personal record of 25 goals scored in a season and at Real Madrid they are aware that he is Manchester City’s main attacking threat.

To contain the Englishman on the pitch, Zinedine Zidane will try to prepare Carvajal, who is the only natural right-back in the squad.

Eder Militao will play at centre-back due to Sergio Ramos’ absence and neither Lucas Vazquez nor Nacho Fernandez will be given the nod at right-back in such an important game.

Real Madrid’s defence has been solid this season, yet Sterling is currently in great form, having scored six goals in the last three Premier League matches.


Meanwhile, the England international has netted five of Manchester City’s 18 goals in the Champions League.

Fight against racism
Following football’s restart, Sterling also made the headlines with his remarks against racism.

“The only disease that exists is racism,” he told BBC back in June.

“This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years


“Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it.”

Back in December 2018, Sterling hit out at the media for the way they treat young black footballers.

“All I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance,” he said.

“I think this is unacceptable.

“Just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour.”

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Sterling scores first goal afrer EPL resumption


Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling scored the first Premier League goal in 100 days as the English top-flight season restarted on Wednesday following its suspension in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Sterling capitalised on a mistake by Arsenal defender David Luiz to smash the ball past goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the closing minutes of the first half at Etihad Stadium.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United earlier played out a goalless draw at Villa Park, goalline technology denying a first-half goal for United.

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Sterling labels teammate David Silva as the most humble player in football

Raheem Sterling has paid tribute to his Manchester City teammate David Silva, labelling him the most humble player in football.


The Spaniard’s contract is up at the end of this season and will leave the Premier League champions after 10 years in Manchester.

Asked how much he has learnt from Silva, Sterling paid testament to his teammate’s character, as well as his obvious talents on the pitch.


“One thing I’ve definitely learned from David is to be humble,” Sterling told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He is the most humble football player you will ever meet in your life and the trophies he has behind him to back him up, it just shows you, when you go to the next level and you’re winning all these things, to keep that humility about yourself and carry yourself in a decent way.

“He’s a perfect example of how to be a great professional and a top player, with many, many trophies behind him. If it is his last season (in English football), he’ll be sorely missed because he brings so much to the club and if you want to follow in his example it is always to keep that humility.”


Asked if he is likely to be one of the best players he will ever play alongside, he added: “For sure, most definitely. I’ll have a couple of his shirts on my wall in my house in Jamaica.”


Sterling: Messi’s shirt the one I really want

Raheem Sterling admits he wants to get his hands on one of Lionel Messi’s shirts, even if he might not rush to put it on his wall.

“I am a shirt collector but I don’t put any shirts on my wall as of yet,” Sterling told BBC Radio 5 Live.PSX_20200425_105336

“I don’t like people coming into my house and knowing I am a football player. I like to keep my house family orientated.PSX_20200424_202625

“But for sure when I do finish football and settle somewhere I’ll have all the shirts – hopefully many shirts to choose from – and pick my favourites that I played against and do a room of trophies and football shirts.

“There’s only one I really want and that’s a Messi shirt – when we played Barcelona I got a Neymar shirt, I think that’s the first shirt I ever asked for.”


Liverpool legend Thompson urges Reds to sign Coutinho but not to buy Sterling

Phil Thompson has urged Liverpool to re-sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, but believes the Reds should not look to bring Raheem Sterling back to Anfield.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Liverpool captain Thompson is keen to see his old club make a move for the Brazilian but it’s a different story for the England international despite the Reds legend anticipating him to leave Man City.

“Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in a heartbeat,” he said. “I think he’s a creative genius.

‘You look back at his Liverpool career and he was absolutely terrific.

‘He’s not too old and I still think he could come back.

“It probably won’t happen but he’s that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance.”

Turning his attentions to Sterling, Thompson continued: “I think the time for a return has gone. I still felt he had a lot to do when he left Liverpool.

“I thought he was a good young player whose finishing could be better, and he’s become a great player.

“I would think that when Pep Guardiola leaves Manchester City, Sterling will move on.

“The way Raheem is, Real Madrid, Juventus or Barcelona – one of those super-clubs – will tempt him.”


Raheem Sterling Targets Return Date

Raheem Sterling’s Targeted Return Date Revealed as Man City Prepare for Real Madrid clash…

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is targeting a return from injury in time for the club’s Champions League knockout stage match against Real Madrid.

The England international was forced off in the latter stages of City’s defeat at Tottenham last week with a hamstring injury that manager Pep Guardiola suggested could rule Sterling out for weeks.

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Guardiola🗣🗣🗣: I Do Not Know Extent of Sterling’s Hamstring Injury

Pep Guardiola Admits He Does Not Know Extent of Raheem Sterling’s Hamstring Injury

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has conceded that Raheem Sterling’s hamstring injury may keep him out of the Champions League clash with Real Madrid at the end of February.

The 25-year-old limped off towards the end of City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Tottenham last weekend, and initial reports suggested that he’ll be out of action for around a month.

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Update on Kingsley Coman’s Bayern Munich Future

Update on Kingsley Coman’s Bayern Munich Future Amid Transfer rumours…

Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman is said to be ‘firmly’ part of the club’s plans moving forward and, as a result, he will not be sold.

Coman joined the German giants on loan from Juventus in 2015 before the deal was eventually made permanent in 2017. Overall, the Frenchman has gone on to make 143 appearances for Bayern, finding the net on 29 occasions. He has also assisted 33 goals during this time.

Kingsley Coman

The 23-year-old has made 20 appearances in all competitions this campaign, but has not featured in any of his side’s last six league games after he suffered a serious knee injury during Bayern’s clash with Tottenham in the Champions League early in December.

SPORT1’s Florian Plettenberg has now taken to his Twitter to report that Die Roten have no intention of selling Coman ‘under any circumstances’. Moreover, Plettenberg goes on to state that he is ‘firmly’ part of the club’s future plans.

This comes after British-based football agency Colossal Sports Management recently confirmed on their official website that Coman had teamed up with them. Colossal also represent the likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Raheem Sterling

Bayern have been heavily linked with a move for Leroy Sane, with 90min recently learning that the winger is still anxious to agree a deal to join the Bundesliga outfit. Man City also expect the deal to happen.

It remains to be seen whether or not Bayern are able to complete a deal to sign the 24-year-old German, but the latest reports reveal that despite their ongoing interest, they have no intention of selling Coman.

Hansi Flick’s men are currently top of the table after they comfortably overcame Mainz 3-1 last time out. However, RB Leipzig are just the one point behind them, while Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach are only a further two points behind.


Sterling Looks Forward To Facing Real Madrid

Raheem Sterling ‘Expected’ to Face Real Madrid in Champions League Despite Hamstring injury…

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is set to miss ‘two or three weeks’ of action after he suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s defeat to Tottenham. However, the forward is ‘expected’ to be fit in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The England international began City’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs, which was the Citizens’ sixth league defeat this campaign. Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off in the 60th minute and the north London side capitalised, with Steven Bergwijn scoring on his debut before Son Heung-min doubled the hosts’ lead.

A bad result and overall performance… We should have done the job and score way before being punished tonight. Lessons got to be learned for the next important games

During the game, Sterling was booked for a potentially dangerous tackle on Dele Alli, resulting in the Tottenham midfielder leaving the field early. However, Sterling himself was later substituted and was seen hobbling off.

The Sun now report that the former Liverpool man had tests on a hamstring problem on Sunday and he is expected to be ruled out for ‘two or three weeks’. The report further claims that, as a result, he is a ‘big doubt’ for the Sky Blues’ upcoming last-16 Champions League tussle with Real Madrid.

However, ESPN report that the club are ‘confident’ they will have him available for the crunch clash despite his injury. City travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the tie on 26 February, with the Sun claiming that the player is ‘determined’ to be fit in time to play.

The injury is considered to be ‘not too serious’, though he appears certain to miss the visit of West Ham on Sunday. However, after that, the Citizens are not in action until they travel to take on Leicester City 13 days later. While ESPN report that City are confident he will be fit the game against Los Blancos, they do state that he is a ‘doubt’ for the trip to take on the Foxes.

City take on Real Madrid on 26 February, while they also have the Carabao Cup final the following Sunday (1/3), with the club looking to retain their crown.

This news will come as a major blow for manager Pep Guardiola, who recently insisted that he was unconcerned about the attacker’s goal drought, but Sterling will be desperate to recover in time to feature in the Champions League tie.


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On both occasions, Sterling hit a tame effort to Rui Patricio’s right and he saved comfortably – the City forward was lucky that he made it to the rebound on the second attempt. There were plenty of calls for Sterling to be relieved of his duties in future games, especially with Kevin de Bruyne on the pitch.·


Raheem Sterling put City 2-0 ahead early in the second half, but this simply served as fuel for a Wolves side who have taken a fancy to late comebacks since their Premier League return. One man was more intent than the rest of the Wolves players in turning it around and, unsurprisingly, it was Adama Traore.

After bagging a brace in Wolves’ victory at the Etihad earlier in the season, Traore scored a stunning goal with a long-range strike before muscling Benjamin Mendy off the ball to cross for Raul Jimenez’s equaliser. The latter was particularly well-received on Twitter.

Given the question marks over the penalty decision and that a Manchester City player had been the furthest forward during the first attempt’s encroachment, it was no surprise that VAR was the talk of Twitter.

VARchester City was even trending by the interval, as Liverpool fans took the opportunity to point out that it wasn’t just the Reds benefiting from dubious VAR decisions

When Matt Doherty was given all the time in the world to cut in from the right wing, play a quick one-two and shoot beyond Claudio Bravo with his left foot, the comeback was complete.

It was a magical moment for Doherty, sealed three points that put Wolves in touch of the top four, and provided Liverpool fans with even more belief that the 2019/20 Premier League title is heading to Merseyside.

Minutes after the full-time whistle, meanwhile, Fraudiola was trending on Twitter and Manchester City’s title hopes were all but over