Daniel Sturridge backs Raheem Sterling after criticism

Published Add your comment

Football News

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. 


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

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.

"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. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Wayne Rooney
Euro 2016
England Football
Daniel Sturridge
Raheem Sterling

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again