Raheem Sterling’s stunning free-kick goal in Chelsea‘s match against Newcastle has ignited a chorus of calls from fans urging Gareth Southgate to reconsider including him in the England squad.
Sterling’s impressive form this season, marked by six goals and standout performances, has earned him praise as one of the team’s standout players. Despite this, he has been notably absent from the last five England squads, raising concerns about his prospects for the upcoming European Championships.
Following his latest display of skill and goal-scoring prowess, supporters voiced their disappointment over Southgate’s decision to exclude the seasoned international from the squad, emphasizing Sterling’s experience and ability as valuable assets for the national team.
“Raheem Sterling continues to make a mockery of Southgate’s England selections lol,” wrote one user on X, formerly Twitter.
“idc [I don’t care] about England like that but Southgate refusing to call up Sterling is just criminal,” said another.
“Sterling is an all-timer, England aren’t winning anything without him,” wrote another.
“Sterling took that no England call up very personal,’ said another.
Sterling, at 28 years old, has emerged as one of the standout performers for Chelsea this season, sharing the limelight with Cole Palmer.
Despite Chelsea’s relatively average performance in attack, Sterling has notably excelled, nearly matching his goal tally from the previous season. However, despite his impressive form, he’s seen a decline in his status within the England team.
This shift comes as other players, like Marcus Rashford and Kalvin Phillips, continue to retain their spots in the England squad despite facing challenges in their domestic form.
Sterling’s last appearance for England was during the Qatar World Cup, where he played a significant role and notably scored in the opening match against Iran. Despite his contributions during that tournament, his absence from subsequent squads remains a point of contention given his impactful performances at Chelsea.