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Sterling has a thousand reasons for wanting to end England drought

By July 1, 2018No Comments

Raheem Sterling has vowed to “go crazy” if he ends an England goal drought which is close to reaching 1,000 days.

Sterling has scored only twice for his country in 40 caps, the last of which came against Estonia on October 9, 2015.

That lean patch is in stark contrast to his form at Manchester City, where he scored 23 times last season.

Sterling is expected to return to the starting XI for Tuesday’s last-16 clash against Colombia and will not be indulging in any pre-prepared dance routines if he hits the back of the net – 999 days after his previous strike.

Speaking to the Football Association’s Lions Den YouTube show, he said: “To be honest, I’m not a Jesse (Lingard), who has his celebrations stored. I can’t dance, I’m stiff as hell.

“It’s the World Cup…put it in the back of the net, go crazy.”

The 23-year-old had a wonderful chance to get on the scoresheet against Panama but saw his point-blank header brilliantly saved before John Stones finished it off.

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Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring one of 18 Premier League goals for Manchester City last season (Martin Rickett/PA)

The dam is surely due to break soon, though, particularly as he considers himself a more clear-minded attacking threat than in his younger days.

“My game has evolved in terms of being more mature. In my younger days I just wanted to run with the ball every second,” he said.

“I’m getting better with my decision-making and just trying to finish my chances. I used to just dribble and stay wide and now I’m in the box more and getting more opportunities.”

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Sterling (centre left) was an unused substitute in the defeat to Belgium (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Sterling has seen stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fall by the wayside in recent days and increasingly feels England have the qualities required to outlast all comers.

“I feel anyone can win it but the teams that are more disciplined – and I’m not saying Argentina and Portugal weren’t – if you stay compact, wait for your moment, take your chances…I feel we have a chance,” he said.

“In the World Cup I want to be part of a squad and team that can do something amazing for the country and hopefully go all the way and win it for the country.”