Raheem Sterling ‘performing at the highest level’, says Jordan Henderson

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Midfielder Jordan Henderson says Raheem Sterling is cashing in on his hard work after his England goal glut continued.

It seems remarkable to think that Sterling went over 1,000 days without scoring for his country after he bagged his eighth goal in eight games in the 5-3 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Kosovo on Tuesday.

The Manchester City forward also claimed three assists and has become one of the most productive players in Europe.

Henderson and Sterling are locked in a duel with their club sides, with Liverpool and City matching each other blow for blow in the Premier League.

Henderson knows Sterling’s form will be vital if England are to claim major silverware any time soon but hopes it will be restricted to international level.

“Raheem’s a fantastic player,” the Liverpool midfielder said. “He’s been playing like this for many years, he’s always been so good to play with.

“Now he’s getting his rewards, he’s getting goals and assists and you can see his confidence growing.

“He’s performing at the highest level and hopefully he can continue to do that.

“We just need him to keep doing it – more for England than City! He’s a great lad and a fantastic player.”

The gloss was taken off England’s win against Kosovo by some shoddy defending after the break which gifted their visitors two goals.

They also handed Kosovo a lead inside 34 seconds and the general consensus is that, although they can outscore lesser teams, Gareth Southgate’s men will be punished by stronger opposition.

“We’re disappointed, especially with their goals,” Henderson added. “At times we did some really good stuff with the ball, but we need to be defensively better at times and that’s something we need to improve on going forward.

“It’s important to keep clean sheets as well. That’s what we need to do as well.

“We can’t always rely on the front three to score. We need to defend properly as a team first and foremost.

“I thought attacking-wise we were really good, but defensively we can improve. We gave the ball away very sloppily at times.

“Lots of room for improvement but overall we got the job done with three points, which was very important.”

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Gareth Southgate was concerned by some of England’s defensive mistakes but hailed Raheem Sterling for his ‘unstoppable’ display that saw off Kosovo 5-3 in a thrilling Euro 2020 clash.

While the Three Lions have room for improvement in defence, England were formidable in attack with Sterling scoring once, providing three assists and hitting a post.

“I mean Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level,” said Southgate.

“I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played.”








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Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has tipped fellow defender Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or after the Dutchman enjoyed a stunning 2018/19 campaign with Liverpool, winning the Champions League and the PFA Player of the Year.

Van Dijk was also rewarded for his stellar efforts with both UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and UEFA Best Defender of the Year accolades.

If the Liverpool centre-back adds the Ballon d’Or to his bustling collection of personal trophies, he will become the first defender to secure the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

“Van Dijk is a great centre back, he’s played a very, very good season and if he’s there it’s because he deserves it,” said Ramos.


“We always talk about the Ballon d’or for Cris and Messi. The fact that the chances are wider now for players other than forwards makes me happy.”








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