Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher heaped praise on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling after his impressive performance for England in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday.
The former Liverpool defender picked the 26-year-old as the Three Lions’ best player at the European Championships, ahead of teammates Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.
Sterling once again gave a spectacular display for his side in the 2-1 victory over Denmark, with the talented winger pressuring Simon Kjaer to concede an own-goal before winning the penalty in extra time.
The forward has been in incredible form in the prestigious tournament. He scored in group games against Croatia and Czech Republic and followed up with another goal in the round of 16 game against Germany.
On being asked about the player who impressed him the most at the tournament, Carragher told Sky Sports: “Raheem Sterling.
“I said this after the group games, I think Raheem Sterling has been England’s best player by a long way,
“There was a lot of talk going into the competition that his position in the team was up for grabs, which I couldn’t understand because he has been outstanding for Gareth Southgate since the World Cup, over a two or three-year period.
“And especially the way Harry Kane is playing, coming deeper for the ball and trying to get on the ball, you have to have people making runs in behind and having pace in behind.
“I think before this tournament started, the two first names on the team sheet, if everyone was fit, would be Harry Kane and Harry Maguire – but now it has to be Raheem Sterling joining those two.
“It’s not just Raheem Sterling in the England team – I think Harry Maguire has had a huge influence since he came back in, Harry Kane is now getting back to what we expect from him in terms of goals and performances.
“But I think Raheem Sterling, at this moment, has it to lose, shall we say.”
Following the semi-final victory over Denmark, Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Italy in the final on Sunday at the Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lions have a big opportunity to win a major tournament after their World Cup victory in 1966.
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