On The Ball

Southgate making the most of Sterling qualities

Raheem Sterling has been England's resident star.
Raheem Sterling has been England's resident star.PHOTO: AFP

The last time Raheem Sterling won a major individual honour, Pep Guardiola did not even think he was the best player in his own side. Sterling was named Footballer of the Year in 2019. Guardiola branded Bernardo Silva Manchester City's outstanding performer that season.

Now Sterling stands on the brink of not just England's first honour since 1966, but also a bigger personal prize. Win Euro 2020 and the case for him to be named the player of the tournament will be compelling. This time, at least, no one will be nominating Bernardo Silva.

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