Southgate hails incredible Sterling

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: Gareth Southgate manager of England embraces hat trick scorer Raheem Sterling as he is substituted during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

“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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: Andy Cole attends the Football Black List 2016 at Village Underground on March 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Premier League)

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“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.

“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.


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