Raheem Sterling has come out to defend English national team manager Gareth Southgate following massive outrage by fans.
England international Raheem Sterling came in defence of his International manager Gareth Southgate following backlash received by the English faithful due to concerning form.
English fans have a reason to be scared and frustrated. The Three Lions’ form is a worrying sign, as they have gone as many as 5 games without a win. Friday’s 1-0 loss against Italy meant that they have been demoted to the second tier of the Nations League tournament. This run of form is certainly not pleasing enough for England fans.
Here is what Raheem Sterling had to say after questions were raised on England’s recent form and their next fixture against Germany:-
“It’s not time to panic.”
When asked about the criticism aimed at Southgate, Sterling said: “We all know that is what comes with football and playing at the highest level.
“We are always under that pressure to win, and this small loss of form is not something we need to panic about. We now have a big opportunity coming up in the winter to go out and show what we can do again.”
“You are under scrutiny and a lot of it is unfair, of course, but that is the level we are at with England.
He was full of praise for Southgate with regards to the previous two international campaigns that England have had under him. According to Sterling, England reaching the semis in 2018 World cup and the finals of European championships 2020 proves Southgate’s credentials as a manager.
He said: “For what he has done since he has been in the job, he’s taken us to a semi-final and a final, and it just shows the direction we are going in. “Yes, we know we are not at the level we can be right now, but I still think we have positives to look at.”
“Since the manager has come in he’s always tried to protect us,” he said. “He’s always tried to make the environment really calm for us so that we can go out there and do what we need to do on the football field.
“After the summer, we all had to come away and look at ourselves. None of us were proud of those performances and I don’t think it is for Gareth to shoulder all of that blame.
“We’ve got players in our squad that have played at the highest level, and we need to take some of that responsibility and start to put some of these performances right, and win football matches.
“That is what we are here for. We are not a country here to just take part, we want to win things. We’ve spoken as a collective and I think we are in the right state to put things right.”
England face Hansi Flick’s German side next for a Nations League game, which’ll rather be a dead rubber for England in terms of the competition as they have already been relegated, but holds immense importance as it’ll be the last game before their world cup campaign kicks off against Iran.