Shaun Wright-Philips hails outstanding Sterling

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has revealed his admiration for Raheem Sterling.

Wright-Phillips made 275 appearances over two separate periods for City, scoring 47 goals.

And the former England international recently shared his thoughts about Sterling’s progression, stating that the former Liverpool man is going from strength to strength as both a footballer and a man.

Sterling has been in excellent form for the Citizens this season but his brace against Spurs wasn’t enough to secure a place in the last four.

“I know Raheem well enough and when I see him, we speak to each other, but I think that the things he is doing on and off the pitch now are outstanding,” said Wright-Phillips via Mancity.com.

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“Every hurdle that has been front of him he’s taken in his stride and he’s become the perfect role model and shut all his critics up by doing what he does on the pitch and by scoring goals.

“He’s taken everything on the chin, handled it in the right way and just got on with it and I take my hat off him because everything he’s had to put up with, he has, and now he’s gone to another level.”

SWP, who was in town for Wednesday’s clash with Spurs, has urged Man City players to get over the painful loss in the bid to retain their Premier League crown.

“I think winning against Spurs and United will set us up for the final three games,” he said.

“Losing to Spurs could put a spanner in the works, but I don’t think it will. With the games coming thick and fast, there’s no time to dwell on what happened on Wednesday and we just need to get keep doing what we’ve been doing all season.”

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