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Harry Maguire thinks Raheem Sterling has been the best player in the league this season.

Harry Maguire admits he voted for Raheem Sterling in PFA Players' Player of the Year

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Raheem Sterling is having a fantastic season.

The English winger has made massive strides in the past few years and is now one of Pep Guardiola's key players at Manchester City.

Despite Guardiola's rotation policy at the club, Sterling has scored 15 goals and recorded 13 assists in the Premier League.

He's been arguably the club's best player as they have put themselves in pole position to win their second consecutive league title.

The 24-year-old's season got even better on Friday as he recorded his first England hat-trick.

Sterling was warded the Man-of-the-Match award as he scored three times against Czech Republic in a 5-0 win.

Although many think the PFA Player of the Year award should go to Virgil van Dijk, Sterling is arguably his biggest threat in the race for the crown.

And after Sterling's performance on Friday, Harry Maguire has admitted he has voted for Sterling over Van Dijk.

“I went for Raheem Sterling,” Maguire said, per the Guardian. “He’s been the best player in the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling has been sensational for club and country this season

"He’s scoring goals, creating goals and believe me he’s a nightmare to play against.

"I think the poll should take place later, at this stage you don’t know who is going to win the title, but I don’t think I would be changing my mind.

“Raheem was good last year and this season he has taken his game to another level. It’s exciting to have someone that good playing for England, we should cherish him, though we’ve got a few really fast, sharp young players in this squad now, and the thing about Gareth [Southgate] is that he gives them opportunities.”

Maguire then admitted he has resorted to fouling Sterling in training just to stop him.

“Sometimes that’s the only way you can stop him," he continued. "In a game all you can try to do is mark him, grab him, get tight to him.

Harry Maguire and Raheem Sterling in England training

"If you get into a foot race then he’s going to go past you, but what centre-halves have to do is try to use their strength and anticipation to nullify pace.

“It’s probably harder to be a defender now because attackers are getting quicker and the level of contact in the game has gone down over the last 10 years or so.

"You have to be careful, because dangerous tackles are punished a lot more, and you have to use your brain to read the game and try to be one step ahead of the striker.

"Stay on your feet, as you were told as a kid, and try to intercept the ball rather than make contact with the player.”

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Gareth Southgate
Jadon Sancho
Virgil van Dijk
Harry Maguire
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Raheem Sterling
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