Jamie Carragher believes that Raheem Sterling has been the key to England’s success at Euro 2020. He revealed that Sterling is some distance ahead in the player of the tournament race. Sterling produced another stunning performance against Denmark in the semifinals of Euro 2020. England had to come from behind after they conceded for the first time in the tournament. Harry Kane missed his penalty in extra time but converted the rebound to book their place in the final.
“I said this after the group games, I think Raheem Sterling has been England’s best player by a long way,” Jamie Carragher said talking about Manchester City winger. “There was a lot of talk going into the competition that his position in the team was up for grabs, which I couldn’t understand because he has been outstanding for [manager] Gareth Southgate since the World Cup, over a two or three-year period.”
“And especially the way Harry Kane is playing, coming deeper for the ball and trying to get on the ball, you have to have people making runs in behind and having pace in behind,” he added. “I think before this tournament started, the two first names on the team sheet, if everyone was fit, would be Harry Kane and Harry Maguire – but now it has to be Raheem Sterling joining those two. Normally the player of the tournament does come from the nation who won the tournament, but not all the time.”
“Italy will have a few shouts, the left-back [Leonardo Spinazzola] who is unfortunately not going to play in the final [due to injury] and (Federico) Chiesa has come in and done a great job. The two center-backs as well. But I think Raheem Sterling, at this moment, has it to lose, shall we say.”