A career in Hollywood awaits Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City star shared a clip of himself in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film on Instagram.
The tricky winger was clearly unable to hide his excitement at his cameo in Grimsby, where the England international plays the role of, well, an England international.
In the clip, which you can check out below, Sterling nutmegs two defenders before chipping a shot towards goal. It’s a scene England fans will hope the 21-year-old can repeat for the Three Lions at this summer’s European Championships.
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Sterling added the caption: “#Grimsbymovie was hilarious buzzing to see myself on the screen #MumIMadeIt2hollywood”
Check out Sterling in action
One noteworthy part of the clip - besides the scrap that seems to be breaking out in the tunnel - is the look of desperation on the England fans’ face following Sterling’s shot. It seems to suggest England are playing a really important game - the final of the European Championships in France, perhaps.
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Sterling joins David Beckham, Pele and Vinnie Jones in footballers who have featured in movies. It’s fair to say the youngster is making full use of his new-found fame following a £49 million move to the Manchester giants last summer.
But, unfortunately for the former Liverpool man, he will be forced to put his acting career on hold as he helps City in their pursuit of the treble.
Capital One Cup final
That pursuit begins on Sunday as Manuel Pellegrini’s team take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final. The Citizens will make it two League Cup wins in three years with a victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side and will be buoyed by an impressive performance against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure helped City secure a 3-1 win in Ukraine and only a catastrophic collapse will prevent them from reaching the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier tournament for the first time in their history.
Meanwhile, City’s dream of lifting the Premier League title for the third time since 2012 has taken a beating after successive losses to contenders Leicester and Tottenham. Pellegrini’s side trail the Foxes by six points with 12 games remaining.
The Chilean’s time in Manchester is nearing an end - he will leave in June and make way for Pep Guardiola to join - and no doubt Sterling will hope the Spaniard can elevate him to an elite performer.
In his spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola has had the pleasure of coaching some fine wingers including Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Villa, and Sterling has the potential to reach the heights of all three.
Then, when his playing career is done, he can set his sights on becoming the next Will Smith.
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