Raheem Sterling was once again England‘s brightest spark yesterday, when Roy Hodgson‘s England narrowly beat Norway 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
Since Sterling’s international debut in 2012, he has come on leaps and bounds and is now a pivotal part of Hodgson’s plans. The 19-year-old, who has represented his country at every level, made his first England bow against Sweden in a friendly in 2012. Sterling has gone on to play eight times for his national side, including featuring in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Liverpool winger was one of England’s standout performers in the World Cup in what was a pretty disastrous campaign for the English boys.
Sterling was bought to Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers‘ academy under then boss Rafael Benitez. Since Brendan Rodgers has taken over at Anfield, he has been a big admirer of Sterling and made him an integral part of his first-team. Over the last two years, Sterling has stacked up 63 appearances for the Reds and is now one of the first names on Rodgers’ team sheet. The teenager has started this season in fine form too, by already scoring two Premier League goals in the first three games.
Going forward for England, Sterling is now a big player for The Three Lions and a huge part of England’s future plans. The winger was voted man-of-the-match yesterday, as he was one of the better players in what was an average England performance. England kick off their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Monday, when Hodgson’s men travel to Basel to face Switzerland. Sterling will be a certain starter in the game, as he and England will want to get off to the best possible start to qualifying.