Jamie Carragher names Sterling as England's most important player

Raheem Sterling is taken for granted by the English fans.

This is according to Jamie Carragher who believes the talented winger is under-appreciated despite his goalscoring performance.

The Manchester City winger scored both winning goals at the Euro 2020 and has been instrumental to Southgate’s England squad.

Carragher wrote in The Telegraph: “When Sterling was subbed for Marcus Rashford halfway through the second half – a sure sign of the manager keeping him fresh for the last-16 – there was applause from the Wembley crowd.

“When Jack Grealish was replaced for Jude Bellingham a few minutes later, some of the spectators booed as if the most valuable player was being taken off. Encouraging as Grealish was, that is a bizarre misreading of the levels of seniority and importance in this England side right now.

“This is reflective of a strange, general reluctance to acknowledge how good Sterling is for England. Whenever suggested teams are proposed, those championing the case for others’ inclusion seem to view Sterling’s position as vulnerable, or worthy of debate. It really isn’t.

“Going into this tournament, there were two must-have attackers on Gareth Southgate’s team sheet. The first was Harry Kane. The second was Sterling.”


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