Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge will remember England’s 2-1 win against Wales for the rest of their lives.
Vardy capped his incredible rise by scoring in his first ever international tournament match, while the Liverpool striker scored the stoppage-time winner.
But one England player who will be remembered for his part in the match for all the wrong reasons is Raheem Sterling.
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The Manchester City was dragged off by Roy Hodgson at half-time after enduring a difficult first 45 minutes. Sterling missed a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring and is clearly lacking confidence.
If the criticism he received on social media wasn’t enough, one England fan has gone to extreme lengths to humiliate the 21-year-old.
So incensed at Sterling’s performances is Aaron Bamford that he has set up a fundraising page on JustGiving to have the winger removed from the Three Lions’ squad and returned to England.
What an incredible way to tell a player that his performances have been woeful. Given the reaction to Sterling’s display against Russia on Saturday and Wales yesterday, Bamford can probably expect plenty of donations.
Check out the page here.
Justifying his decision to create the page, which is seeking £200, with all proceeds actually going to Douglas Macmillan Hospice charity, Bamford claims: “Woy won’t leave him at the hotel so it’s down to us to get him out of France.”
He goes on to explain: “Let's face it we're all sick of seeing this idiot mince down the wing and fail to deliver a half decent ball into the box.
“We'll bring the lad home and then we can all stop cringing everytime a gust of wind knocks him over.
“Don't worry about being generous, we're of one mind. A penny each will cover it I imagine.
“If we raise enough money we'll fire the little cretin into space and do the citeh boys a favour long term.”
One fan, who donated £10, said: “Woy should see sense and send him home now.”
Another hilariously added: “CD Tenerife are looking for a new mascot, he’d fit in well.”
Poor Sterling. If he thought he was “The Hated One” following his ineffective performance against Russia, he can now add “Laughing Stock” to his tag.
Sterling should prepare for the bench
After watching Vardy and Sturridge take full advantage of their opportunities, it’s unlikely the former Liverpool player will be picked for Monday’s game against Slovakia.
Roy Hodgson’s team need just a point from that game to book their place in the last-16.
However, the England manager will be demanding his players to go all out in pursuit of three points given that Wales and Slovakia sit just a point behind the Three Lions.
If England beat Slovakia, they will play the third-placed team from Group A, C or D on Saturday, June 25.
Hodgson has plans of emulating the England team of 1996 that reached the European Championship semi-finals, but Sterling’s hopes of featuring heavily in those plans appear grim.
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