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Gary Lineker reacted on Twitter after Raheem Sterling ended his England goal drought

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Raheem Sterling showed everybody how to end a goal drought in style against Spain.

Despite delivering a multitude of impressive performances for Manchester City in recent years, the 23-year-old has never really showed his true quality in an England shirt.

Supporters were left underwhelmed by his displays at the World Cup and believed going three years without a goal for the Three Lions was effecting him mentally.

However, against one of the toughest opponents in international football, Sterling showed the world what he can do with an incredible first-half performance.

During the opening exchanges, the City forward found himself clear through on goal and delivered an emphatic one-on-one finish past none other than David de Gea.

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It ended a streak of 1,102 days without an England goal and minutes later, Sterling perfectly encapsulated the phrase: 'like London buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once.'

Marcus Rashford had fired the Three Lions into a two goal lead, before Ross Barkley carved open the England defence and Harry Kane delivered a brilliant ball across the six-yard box.

Sterling made no mistake from close range, doubling his tally and firing England into dreamland.

Lineker nails his Sterling tweet

Unsurprisingly, his performance received praise across social media and Gary Lineker got himself involved with a typically brilliant tweet.

Aside from applauding Sterling for his finish, he reiterated to football fans that the England forward is still only 23 years old and that the Spain game showed exactly what he can bring.

As Lineker says, Sterling often receives undue criticism and his performance against Spain is the perfect rebuttal to the doubters.

Check out Lineker's perfect tweet down below:

Too right, Gary.

There's no doubting that Sterling is one of the most exciting talents in world football on his day and it was refreshing to see him at his very best for England.

Even Lineker will admit that Sterling needs to bring this level on a more consistent basis, but two goals against Spain might very well be the catalyst.

If the 23-year-old can perform like he did during that first-half in Sevilla, then very few defences will be able to cope with him going forward.

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And even the biggest of Sterling critics will struggle to find any flaws with such displays.

Many were comparing the first 45 minutes against Spain to the famous 5-1 win over Germany in 2001 and there were certainly shades of that game.

It goes to show that England can achieve some major results when they're at their best and Sterling could prove a massive part of that.

Do you think Sterling his harshly criticised? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Marcus Rashford
Raheem Sterling
Spain Football
England Football
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David De Gea
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