Gareth Southgate praised Raheem Sterling for his outstanding display in their Euro 2020 qualifying series against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
Sterling was involved in four of England’s five-goal haul as he bagged a hat-trick that demolished the opposition to ensure the Three Lions a convincing win.
Southgate’s men extended their unbeaten run in the qualifying series to 40 games with the last loss traced back to a 1-0 deficit to Ukraine in 2009.
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“Raheem was brilliant, electric all night, said Southgate, who also revealed Sterling has been promoted to the squad’s leadership group.
“He’s looked that all week in training, involved in four of the goals, and I’m really pleased for him. It’s a special night for him.” He revealed via Sky Sports.
“Raheem has really matured as a person and a footballer, he’s hungry for goals and determined to get into the right areas of the pitch.
“He’s had some difficult moments for England but that’s come full circle. He was devastating tonight.
3 – Raheem Sterling is the first England player to score a hat-trick at Wembley since Jermain Defoe in September 2010 (v Bulgaria), netting with each of his three shots in the game. Clinical. pic.twitter.com/GXHacyHpck
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“The quality of his finishing, he’s just hitting things instinctively and not thinking about things too much. There was some really good football at times.”
The downside of the game was obviously an injury to Eric Dier who limped off in the first half of the game and would definitely miss the next game against Montenegro.