Raheem Sterling set to return for England against Iceland
Sterling recalled to England side after being left out against Slovakia
June 27th, 2016
Raheem Sterling produced a frustrating performance against Russia and lasted only 45 minutes against Wales, although the Manchester City winger is back in tonight’s England team for the clash against Iceland.
Sterling is clearly rated by Roy Hodgson despite being yet to shine at Euro 2016, with his searing pace thought to be the main reason why the England manager will play him over Adam Lallana.
Daniel Sturridge is set to keep his place in the starting line-up, with Harry Kane expected back as centre forward, while Wayne Rooney will be recalled along with Dele Alli as expected.
Sterling has been praised by Rooney ahead of this match and believes that his head is in the right place for this last sixteen clash.
“From what I’ve seen, his state of mind is fine,” Rooney said. “He’s been normal around the camp and, on the training pitch, he’s been fantastic, sharp, taking players on, scoring goals.
“There’s no issue with Raheem at all. His attitude isn’t questioned. He stays behind after training doing what he does normally, and he’s a huge asset to us as a team. He’s a fantastic player and one who can turn the game in a split-second.”
Roy Hodgson has had to defend his team selection during this tournament, especially for the Slovakia game where England failed to break down a team that were beaten 3-0 by Germany on Sunday.
However, Hodgson is confident he will get team selection bang on for the Iceland clash.
“The day you stop concerning yourself, worrying about it, thinking about it, that’s the day when you’ve lost the interest in the work,” Hodgson said. “I suppose the simple answer to the question is no, I can’t divorce myself in that way. But as you get older, with more experience, you do force yourself to worry only about the things you can change. The things you can do to make certain that, when you look in the mirror, you can say: ‘What else could I have done?’”
“Did we prepare well enough? Was the training right? Have I chosen the right team? When you talk about choosing the right team, that’s got to be the team that, in your opinion, can win the game. That’s what we’ve done every game so far.
“If you think you’ve done that, that gives you not only comfort but it means you don’t agonise any more because you’ve handed the game over to the people who matter: the players. Players win matches, not managers and coaches.”