Dier inspired by Sterling's handling of criticism

11 July, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • England players training in Russia

The 23-year-old has scored just twice in 42 appearances for England - against modest Lithuania and Estonia - a record that stands in sharp contrast to his increasingly prolific strike rate at club level.

Sterling scored 23 goals in all competitions for City last season but has not found the net for Gareth Southgate's side in Russian Federation.

Such efficiency has so far been missing from his game at the World Cup, with a moment of indecision spoiling a clear-cut chance in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden.

Sterling has found his performances being placed under the microscope arguably more than any other England player by certain publications.

"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.

"He was a constant threat to Sweden".

Trippier has contributed one assist in four starts for the Three Lions at the World Cup.


While he finally got an assist at the ongoing edition, his performances have not been up to scratch and many fans have called on Gareth Southgate to drop him in favour of Marcus Rashford.

He said on Twitter: "Today, I want to thank all that have and continue to support England as a team, this has helped us achieve what can only be described as a dream!"

And Dier feels Sterling's handling of the whole situation has been nothing short of "incredible", before going on to laud his team-mate's World Cup performances.

"He is getting in all the right positions, but sometimes you look at Sterling and you think, if he didn't have that pace he'd be playing for Exeter or someone".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic identified Sterling as one of the primary obstacles that stands between his team and a place in the final.

'People think he's weak but I've seen countless players ride his back because he's that strong.

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