Sturridge has given Sterling some words of encouragement .

Daniel Sturridge backs Raheem Sterling after criticism

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Raheem Sterling has been the butt of many a Brexit joke this week, but his England team-mate Daniel Sturridge has finally come to the rescue. 

Sterling's unimpressive performances against Russia and Wales in the group stages led to a barrage of criticism online, and the Man City man was subsequently dropped by Roy Hodgson for the final game against Slovakia. 

Sturridge is concerned that negative criticism is having a bad effect on the 21-year-old's confidence, particularly as he has now been sent to a sports psychologist. 


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Backing Sterling

"People have to understand he is one of the most talented players in the world, not just the country, and just let him continue and he will come good," Sturridge told the Daily Mail. 

'It's been a bit harsh in terms of the criticism. He hasn't performed as badly as people have made out.

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"We have to nurture him, we have to help him become one of the best players in the world."

Sturridge also recalled the difficult periods he has had in his injury-plagued career, adding:

"I've had to deal with difficult things in my career, ups and downs.

Thick skin 

"He (Sterling) has a thick skin in terms of how he is as a person, he doesn't worry too much about what people say."

Despite his former Liverpool colleague's encouragement, Sterling is unlikely to start in England's game against Iceland on Monday, as Hodgson is set to opt for a front three of Sturridge, Harry Kane, and Adam Lallana. 

If he does get on, though, it remains to be seen whether this little boost will have given him the confidence he needs to get back to his best. 

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