Playing a starring role in England’s 4-0 win over Lithuania on Friday night, Raheem Sterling showed just why he must play in attack for Liverpool.
Harry Kane will likely hog the headlines, and Danny Welbeck was mysteriously awarded the official man-of-the-match award—albeit ordained by the deluded Andy Townsend—but Raheem Sterling shone once again on the international stage as England topped Lithuania.
Goals from Wayne Rooney, Welbeck, Sterling and Kane gave the Three Lions a 4-0 victory at Wembley to put them well on their way to Euro 2016.
Against lowly opposition, England were able to play a free-flowing attacking game, and dominated throughout.
Sterling was England’s star man on the night.
Raheem Sterling: MotM vs Lithuania, Rating 10, Shots 3, Goals 1, Assists 1, Dribbles 11 @england pic.twitter.com/x56DgPSR1C
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 27, 2015
The 20-year-old scored one, assisted another and made a phenomenal 11 successful dribbles in a virtuoso forward’s display alongside Welbeck and Rooney.
Sterling’s goal came from an intelligent driving run into the box, latching on to Rooney’s weighted cross to poke home—his first goal in an England shirt, coming after 14 games.
Teeing up Kane for his own first Three Lions strike, just 80 seconds into his debut, Sterling’s chipped cross was perfectly weighted to allow the Tottenham Hotspur striker to crash a header in.
Likely watching on, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with how his young charge performed.
But perhaps most importantly this came in his natural attacking role.
In recent weeks, for the Reds, Sterling has been fielded in a wing-back role in Rodgers’ 3-4-2-1 formation and has failed to impress.
Now, with Daniel Sturridge facing another injury layoff, perhaps this will grant Sterling to opportunity to flash his attacking muscles once more in a central role for Liverpool.
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