Sterling: ‘The important thing was to be first in the group’


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Sterling: 'The important thing was to be first in the group'

Raheem Sterling, England’s top scorer, assured that they can take positive things from the game against the Czech Republic. He stressed the importance of not conceding a goal in the three group stage games.

“I think you can take several positive things from the game. We controlled the ball better and this gave us more options in attack. We looked for the gaps very well, we did good football and we scored the goal we needed,” the attacker told ITV.

“If you don’t concede goals, you win games. You just have to score. People were disappointed after the game against Scotland, but we didn’t concede any goals. The most important thing was to finish first in the group. It’s a tournament and it will be difficult, but we had to do what we have done, “he added.

Sterling, who has scored both of England’s goals at this European Championship, also spoke about the contribution of the two players who started for the first time on Tuesday, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka.

“Jack and Bukayo have adapted very well. It is brilliant to have these players around you to create goals. We need different players for different games, the ones that came in today were incredible and did what they had to do,” he said.

Regarding his rival in the second round, who will come out of Group F, the so-called death row with France, Germany, Portugal and England, Sterling said that at some point “you have to face the best teams in the world.”


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