Raheem Sterling struck for the third time at the Euros (Credits: EPA)
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for supporters to show more respect to England forward Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City ace sent the Three Lions through to the quarter-finals of the European Championships.
The 26-year-old netted for the third time at the tournament when he struck 15 minutes from time against Germany.
Harry Kane added late on to ensure England booked their place in the last-eight but it was Sterling that stole the headlines as he responded to his critics with another powerful performance.
Sterling’s inclusion came at a price for the likes of Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden but Southgate’s decision was vindicated and Ferdinand says the forward deserves more respect.
Ferdinand was full of praise for Sterling (Picture: BBC)
‘Please can we start putting a bit more respect on Raheem Sterling’s name now, please!’ said Ferdinand.
‘We said before the game, that this is an opportunity to become a national hero.
‘He’s got three goals, he’s been the one in this tournament who we needed to lift us and get us over the line and get us a result. He’s the person we looked to.
‘What a professional, hard worker, the courage is one of the things I love about him. He’s one of them players who has the ability to scare you.
‘He’s hard to read, his trickery. At this stage of his career he’s producing the end product, he’s decisive and deciding games. I believe that this kid has been at that level (world class).”
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