Raheem Sterling at heart of England World Cup bid despite goal drought

Gareth Southgate

It was an otherwise-promising performance for Sterling, arguably his best of the competition, as he repeatedly found pockets of space and was a consistent danger against a solid defence.

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic attends a training session at the Adler training ground in Sochi on July 5, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

He explained that it was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead in his birthplace of Jamaica when Sterling was just two years old.

After a quiet opening World Cup game against Tunisia, there was speculation Sterling would be dropped for the following group match against Panama.

'Raheem's attitude is fantastic, his work ethic is fantastic as well.

France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match
The match, which took place in the suburbs of Brussels, saw Belgium , in red, draw with France , in white, three-all. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup.

Today, I want to thank all that have and continue to support @England as a team, this has helped us achieve what can only be described as a dream!

Sterling's never quite been clinical up top, but his vast work-rate and prodigious speed ensures he's always getting another chance to make amends. "I think he has been fantastic, his consistency has been incredible and I think he fully deserves it".

The right wing-back has not always been a regular with Spurs, but Dier admits that he is delighted to see his compatriot receiving positive reviews from the media and supporters.

And Dier, who plays alongside him at club level with Tottenham, could not hide his delight for the former Burnley full-back. I'm so, so happy for him I think it is fully deserved. "It [the praise] is fully deserved".

"I feel this past season at Tottenham he's come on so much, maybe that's not been noticed as much as it should've been".

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