LONDON – Raheem Sterling, England’s top scorer on Sunday, said he knew he “had to score here” having grown up so close to Wembley, a special place for him.
The English player, one of the surprises in Gareth Southgate’s lineup, after an uneven season with Manchester City, gave his team victory against Croatia.
“It feels great to have scored today. I always told myself that if I came to play here, growing to two minutes, I had to score. It’s a great feeling to have done it,” Sterling told the BBC.
“There are many reasons why I haven’t scored for my team and they are all irrelevant right now. I’m here with England and I’m enjoying my football. That’s the most important thing. Have I justified my selection? Well, I’m trying.” , he claimed.
“It’s great to have started with a victory and now we have several games ahead of us to be excited about. It has been a long season for me, but I couldn’t wait to get here and play for England.”
With the victory against Croatia, England is the leader of Group D, waiting for Scotland and England to play.
“We have to build from today and enjoy ourselves. We have to focus. This is just beginning. We have to keep winning, keep that mentality and keep moving forward,” he said.