‘I don’t get the criticism of Raheem Sterling by England fans’

first_img Sterling has returned to form in a Manchester City shirt this season 3 Peter Crouch has defended Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and insists he is a key player for England despite his lack of goals for his country.England play their first game since finishing fourth at the World Cup on Saturday evening in a UEFA Nations League clash against Spain – with LIVE COMMENTARY on talkSPORT.Sterling, who was given a rough time by supporters over his performances in Russia, was set to return but he pulled out of the squad earlier this week with a back injury.The Manchester City forward was a regular starter in Gareth Southgate’s side but, while praised for his effort, he was criticised for his poor decision-making, passing and finishing during the tournament. “But, it would be nice to see Raheem step up with the goals.“Considering how many he has scored for Man City, I believe he can do that for England.”Listen back to Peter Crouch on the Weekend Sports Breakfast above! Raheem Sterling has scored just two goals for England – last finding in the net in 2015 “There have been a couple of times for England where his final ball maybe hasn’t been what it has been for Man City, and goals haven’t quite come as flowingly.“But him and Jesse Lingard were scaring the life out of defenders at the World Cup, they caused teams so many problems.“Pace scares teams and they’ve got ability with that pace and, for me, they were two of the shining lights in the England side at the World Cup.center_img 3 3 Much was expected from the 23-year-old after he scored 23 goals for City last season, while he has continued that form for his club with two goals in three appearances so far this term.He appears to lack the same confidence in an England shirt, but Crouch has backed Sterling to prove his doubters wrong when he next returns to action with the Three Lions.Speaking to talkSPORT on Saturday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, the much-loved striker said: “Sterling seems to be one of those players a lot of people just can’t get on board with for some reason.“Yeah, he hasn’t scored as many goals for England as he would like, but he’s still playing very, very well. The Man City star was backed by England boss Gareth Southgate throughout the World Cup last_img

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