Chelsea and England forward Raheem Sterling has hit back at his critics following a disappointing start to the season by insisting that it actually ‘drives’ him.
Following a £47.5m transfer from Manchester City, Sterling hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since August. He has also scored just twice in an England shirt since Euro 2020 and not at all in his last five international appearances heading into the World Cup.
But Sterling is adamant that people telling him he cannot do things makes him want it more.
“What’s made me the person I am today is all the setbacks I’ve had, all the ‘can’t’ – you can’t do this, you can’t do that, you’re not good enough. Those sorts of things always drive me,” the 27-year-old told the Daily Mail.
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Even at just 27, Sterling is one of the most experienced players in the England squad that will be aiming to being the World Cup home from Qatar.
It is already the fifth major international tournament of his career, first going to the World Cup in 2014 as a teenager. He is the most capped player in Gareth Southgate’s 26-player squad, with 79 appearances under his belt, and only Harry Kane has scored more.
Sterling is expected to start when an England side without a win in their last six outings since beating Ivory Coast in March face Iran on Monday.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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