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Raheem Sterling excited by attacking prowess of Jamie Vardy and Ross Barkley

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Raheem Sterling has backed the likes of Jamie Vardy and Ross Barkley to boost England's attacking prowess in the friendlies against Spain and France.

Vardy has scored in nine successive Premier League matches for Leicester and Sterling is excited about what he and Everton midfielder Barkley can offer against Spain in Alicante on Friday and France at Wembley next Tuesday.

"We've got a good team going forwards," Manchester City striker Sterling told Sky Sports News. "The attacking players that we've got - Jamie Vards he's been on a good goalscoring streak so far, Ross has been doing really well for Everton this season.

"Counter attacking football (it's) really exciting . There are players in the team that can score goals. The new players have done well. It's exciting times for England."

England sailed through their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign but now face a strong examination of their progress against Spain and France.

"We had a good run in qualifying but this is the real challenge now, against some of Europe's best teams. It is a good test to see where we are," said Sterling.

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