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Raheem Sterling ready for more glory

NATIONAL SERVICE: Raheem Sterling

HAVING JUST landed a Premier League winners’ medal, Raheem Sterling now has a successful World Cup in his sights.

Having bagged 18 top flight goals as Manchester City rewrote the record books, Sterling is on his way to his second World Cup, at just 23.

A former ‘Golden Boy’ winner – an award given by sports journalists to a young football player playing in Europe who is considered to have had a standout season – Sterling will be a key player as a youthful England squad do battle in Russia this summer.

The highly rated award held every year since its establishment in 2003 has previously been won by the likes of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas and arguably the world’s best player, Lionel Messi.

Despite the 2014 ‘Golden Boy’ tag, Jamaica-born Sterling has frequently been written off. Now under the tutelage of manager Pep Guardiola at City, the forward is now steadily playing to expectation and has most recently collected his first career double having won the Premier League and the League Cup in the just concluded season.


CHAMPIONS: Sterling (right) with Man City team mates Kyle Walker and John Stones (centre)

The precocious Sterling signed for his current club in July 2015 from Liverpool for a fee of £49m on a five-year contract which at the time was a record breaking deal between two Premier League clubs for an English player.

His heavy price tag placed him under the microscope and opened him up to stern and lengthy criticism which gathered momentum as Sterling frustratingly failed to be consistent.

However, since then the appointment of Guardiola and his coaching staff, Sterling has, in the main, been pin sharp and repeatedly produced the goods. Not only did he notch 18 goals but provided an eye-catching 11 assists.

With his best season behind him, this humble Lion will be roaring to go in Russia.

On hearing of his World Cup selection, he said via Instagram: “Amazing feeling to be named in the England squad, for this summer’s World Cup in Russia...Dreams into reality, God is good.”

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