Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has backed Raheem Sterling over his summer transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Rooney, who is set to star alongside Sterling for England at Wembley this evening, claims the talented youngster has 'settled in really well at City.'
In fact, the England skipper believes his compatriot is far more relaxed and settled, which is only a good thing for the Three Lions.
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Roy Hodgson's side, of course, are set to take on Switzerland tonight, and will be hoping to secure yet another three points after beating San Marino in their last outing. Sterling, then, may well take centre stage this evening, and he certainly has the backing of his captain.
Speaking to reporters ahead of this evening's clash, Rooney stated: “You can see he’s settled. He’s happy, I’m sure.
“He’s got the move he wanted. He’s started the season excellently, settled in really well at City.
“When you are going through what he did, trying to leave Liverpool, it can be quite difficult. But he’s a lot more relaxed and settled, which is good for us.”
In truth, it's difficult to disagree with Rooney. Sterling has enjoyed a fine start to his career at the Etihad, and that should only benefit England ahead of next summer's European Championships.
Ultimately, with Sterling roaming around behind the likes of Rooney and Harry Kane, Hodgson has quite the attacking force at his disposal. It's crucial the likes of Sterling and Co. hit top form throughout the course of the campaign ahead of what looks set to be a huge summer for all involved with the England squad.
Sterling certainly has a great deal to prove in the game, and he must now step up for both club and country.
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