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Matter of time before Raheem Sterling comes good

Raheem Sterling's performances at the World Cup have divided opinion. Some praise his work rate and movement off the ball, while haranguing opposition defenders to create space and opportunities for his team-mates.

Others believe his profligacy in front of goal - he spurned a gilt-edged opportunity in England's 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday night - means he should make way for someone like Marcus Rashford in the starting XI.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Matter of time before Sterling comes good'. Print Edition | Subscribe