Curiously, this explosion in the national team comes in Sterling’s worst scoring season in the last four years at Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling reached his second Eurocup with the task of making his debut in a major international tournament. The ghost of not having seen a door or in France 2016, nor in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, was chasing a footballer who as soon as he felt close to home exploded with three goals, the last of them against Germany, essential for England to be in the quarterfinals.
The player raised just a few meters from Wembley Stadium, who grew up watching the stadium being remodeled and when he saw himself close to playing in it, he tattooed himself with the ’10’ on his back and with the temple in the background, is the hero of England in the Eurocup.
He made the goal to win Croatia in the debut, he scored again against Czech Republic to qualify as first of the group and eliminated Germany with his goal in the 75th minute. His three goals were the only England had scored until Harry Kane finished off the Germans in the final minutes. His three goals always served to uncork the bottle.
Curiously, this explosion comes in the worst scoring season of Sterling in the last four years at Manchester City. Only 14 goals among all competitions, his lowest record since 2016/2017, when he scored 10.
Sterling, who did not have a guaranteed place in the team at the beginning of the tournament, was one of the bets of a Gareth southgate who has claimed to fully trust his players, making better players like Jordan Pickford, who was criticized at this Euro, convincing Kieran Trippier that he can play on the left back and influencing Kane despite his three bad games.
Trust in Sterling, a player who Pep Guardiola squeezed and improved to turn an occasional scorer into a machine -31 goals last season and 25 the previous one-, so far he has reported three goals that serve to England avenge the defeat of 1996 and stand in the quarterfinals with options to lift the title that resists them.
If they also manage to plug into Kane to the duo, England, who still does not concede a single goal in the tournament, will have the most explosive mix possible.