Jonathan Liew: Sterling is a future England captain

England Training Session
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: (L-R) Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Raheem Sterling of England look on during the England Training Session at St Georges Park on March 24, 2019 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The chief sports writer of the Independent, Jonathan Liew believes Raheem Sterling has the quality to be a future captain of the Three Lions.

Raheem Sterling is one of the best players in the England squad, but it is not only his performances on the pitch that make him a candidate for the captaincy, according to Jonathan Liew.

Jadon Sancho already praised the Manchester City star, saying Sterling has helped him a lot in his first days with the national team.

And that’s why the chief sports writer of the Independent believes the young winger has the potential to serve as Harry Kane’s replacement if the Tottenham striker ever decides to retire from the England national team.

“It’s been a real transformation,” he said on Sunday Supplement via Sky News. “What the last six to 12 months in an England shirt have shown is the value of putting faith and confidence in a player, who has had to undergo quite severe and quite disgraceful flak at times.

“It really puts into perspective how well he’s done in the last couple of years, against everything that he’s had to put up with from the media and fans, that he’s managed to maintain this improvement year on year.

“He’s becoming decisive in games, he’s getting into the six-yard box more, his finishing has improved and, off the pitch as well, the amount of leadership he’s shown. You see guys like Sancho and Hudson-Odoi looking up to him.

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“There’s a future England captain in there. Not just on the pitch, off the pitch, he’s shown he has all the qualities needed to be a figure head for England for years to come.”

Sterling scored a hat trick in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers opener against the Czech Republic on Friday night.

He is now getting ready for England’s encounter against Montenegro in Podgorica.