Lampard and Ferdinand wax lyrical about ‘world-class’ Raheem Sterling amid Man City departure rumours
Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard were quick to sing Raheem Sterling’s praises ahead of England’s Euro 2020 quarterfinal match against Ukraine.
The England international has been linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer amidst City’s interest in Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
He came to Euro 2020 on the back of a disappointing personal campaign and many raised question marks over Sterling ‘s place in England ‘s starting eleven.
However Sterling has shown great mettle to overcome the critics and has been in excellent form at Euro 2020.
Speaking ahead of England’s quarter-final clash against Ukraine on the BBC, Frank Lampard was full of praise for the England international and applauded him as a role model.
“He’s excellent, I love him as a player,” Lampard said.
“He’s had a dip in form, and he’ll admit that, but what we’re seeing now is the player we’ve seen for the last three years. If I’m talking to a young, wannabe winger now who wants to play, he’s an example on the pitch and off the pitch. If you’re playing for England now, you need resilience because sometimes it’s tough. He’s had tough times, but now he’s coming through it and he looks like a man. He’s just a world-class player.”
Sterling played a pivotal role in England’s 4-0 victory over Ukraine too. His movement and run in the opening minutes of the game to set-up Harry Kane for the opener helped to settle England’s nerves and dictate the rest of the match.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was in awe of Sterling’s performances and claimed the Manchester City winger has been England’s best player at the tournament.
“He’s undoubtedly been our best player this tournament, our most effective player,” Ferdinand said.
“There’s a steeliness about him, he mentioned in that VT there that he’s had criticism during his career, he’s always answered the criticism.
“He’s very single-minded, he’s focused, he thinks about, not just the pitch, but there’s other things that come into play – the mentality, the understanding of what he needs to do off the pitch in terms of preparation and recovery, the detail he goes into to make sure he plays and performs at this level continuously.
“He’s somebody that this team relies on, the way that he performs and plays is very much in terms of making sure he creates panic. Every time he gets the ball, there’s panic in the opposition.”