Many England fans were left slamming the display of Raheem Sterling despite their 5-0 home win over San Marino in World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.
Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin as well as further strikes from James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins and Sterling himself gave Gareth Southgate’s men all three points on the night, but several Three Lions supporters were left frustrated at Sterling’s overall performance.
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Even though he did eventually score, albeit by a deflection that helped him out, the 26-year-old was guilty of missing a number of glorious opportunities, as he recorded no fewer than six shots off target in total, three times as many as any other player to have set foot on the pitch (Sofascore).
He also lost out on four of his duels, the second-most lost out of his teammates, and failed to put in a single cross or long ball, all while losing possession on five different occasions (Sofascore).
England fan reaction to Sterling display
These England fans slammed his performance on Twitter, with one even going as far as to claim that the winger is ’embarrassing’:
“For me Chilwell & Foden make a case for starting XI. Mount did Mount things and Ward-Prowse for me is on the plane, if for nothing else then for his dead ball ability. The rest were pedestrian, Lingard and Sterling playing selfish #ENGSMR #EngSan”
“Sterling wouldn’t be near my starting 11 for the euros. #EngSan”
“Take Sterling off, replace him with a garden gnome, instant goal fest #EngSan”
“Sterling has to have the worst 1st touch & finishing ability in world football, the man is embarrassing #poorplayer #EngSan #football #internationalfootball”
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