Darren Gough leaps to the defence of under-fire England star

first_imgHe said: “What he does is, he presses high up on the opposition defence and when they do break, he’s the first line of defence as well – he’s the one that tracks back.“Look how many times Raheem Sterling has come deep to collect the ball, it’s almost like he’s a defensive midfielder!“When we used to talk about Wayne Rooney; ‘oh he’s coming too deep!’“Raheem Sterling is so fit, he’s so quick and he’s so versatile in his movement, he has come back so many times to collect the ball.“He’s dangerous, not just going through the middle, but going on the left side, on the right side and through the centre.“Whether it’s running over the top for the ball that goes over, how many times did he get in behind [Andreas] Granqvist?“When he’s got the ball, the opposition absolutely brick it, but look at the work rate!”In 42 appearances for the Three Lions, Sterling has just scored twice since making his debut in 2012.However, under the tutelage of Gareth Southgate, he has developed into a vital part of a well-oiled machine – working tirelessly for his teammates and exploiting areas of space as and when they appear. Alongside Jesse Lingard, Sterling’s energy and verve in behind skipper Harry Kane have yet to rewarded with a goal.But, according to Goughie, that is all the youngster would need to get the doubters off his back.“Him and Lingard, I think, have been outstanding both of them and I don’t think they’re getting the credit they actually deserve,” he added.“Out of the three, and this is not having a go art Dele because it was an important goal he scored the other day, but Dele’s probably been the worst player out of those three. 4 Sterling made his England debut back in 2012 against Sweden, the side he helped knock out of the World Cup on Saturday 4 Southgate’s young and vibrant team are hungry and desperate to make amends for years of hurt. Darren Gough has leapt to the defence of under-fire England star Raheem Sterling.The Three Lions will face Croatia on Wednesday night in the World Cup semi-final, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT from 7pm. Raheem Sterling has struggled to find the net for England center_img “No, he’s taken no criticism, but Sterling has taken it all and that’s purely because he’s not scored a goal.“All he needs is a goal, one goal would change it.“Can you imagine if Sterling doesn’t score in the semi, but England win and he pops in a hat trick in the World Cup Final.“Guess what? Sterling knighthood, it’s happened before!”Check out the video from talkSPORT’s official Twitter page below! The Manchester City forward has come under intense scrutiny after failing to find the back of the net for his side in Russia.After scoring 18 goals last season en route to the Premier League title, much was expected of the 23-year-old.His failure to score has led to Vinnie Jones claiming the forward would be playing for Exeter City ‘if he did not have pace’.However Gough, who is in Russia as part of talkSPORT’s extensive World Cup coverage, believes the starlet is working selflessly for his team. 4 England will play their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 where they will face Croatia 4 “The opposition absolutely brick it when he’s got the ball!” 😱Darren Gough defends Raheem Sterling amid criticism over his lack of #WorldCup goals. 📻 @talkSPORTDrive | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/aLPN1BGjvY— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 9, 2018last_img

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