When England conceded an injury-time equaliser against Russia in their opening Euro 2016 fixture, many fingers were pointing at Roy Hodgson.
On the whole, it was an encouraging performance by the Three Lions but questionable substitutions from the boss left a lot to be desired.
While Hodgson received the blame for his decisions off the pitch, there was one player that was heavily criticised for his performance on it.
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That man was Raheem Sterling with many England supporters feeling that the winger lacked quality throughout the 90 minutes and they took to social media to slate him.
However, it seems as though the Manchester City winger has hit back. Following the 1-1 draw with Russia, Sterling uploaded an Instagram picture of the Stade Velodrome - the venue of the match - with the caption: “Really unlucky today , on a good team performance really deserved the win, but we go again but proud all the boys..”
But it was in the hashtags that Sterling appears to allude to the criticism he’s received. Alongside the hashtags of England and Raheem Sterling, the 21-year-old used ‘The Hated One’ in an apparent reference to the bashing from England fans.
If you’re wondering ‘What was said about Sterling on social media?’ Take a look at some of the below tweets and you’ll understand the level of abuse he received:
Sterling played on the left wing instead of Jamie Vardy against the Russians before being subbed off in the 87th minute. The former Liverpool man got himself into dangerous situations on a number of occasions but failed with his end product which clearly frustrated the supporters.
Redknapp on Sterling
But it wasn’t just the fans that thought Sterling underperformed. Former England international Jamie Redknapp admitted that the winger’s place in the line-up could be danger ahead of the crunch match against Wales.
“One player that might be under pressure is Raheem Sterling,” he said.
"He didn't play as well as he would have liked. He was the only player that didn't play at that level - he did OK at times and his pace can stretch teams.”
Hodgson’s side go into that massive match against the Welsh desperate for the three points. Wales sit top of Group B after their 2-1 victory over Slovakia and know that any positive result against England would virtually guarantee passage into the knockout stages considering four of the six third-placed sides progress.
It will certainly be interesting to see the changes Hodgson makes ahead of their second group fixture and it seems England fans would be delighted if ‘The Hated One’ is dropped to the bench.
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