Sterling quizzes why people congratulated him after Euro 2020
‘Why are you congratulating me?’: Raheem Sterling reveals how he was wound-up by well-wishers after losing the Euro 2020 final with England – and insists his ‘great journey’ of three goals meant little without winning
- Raheem Sterling was one of England’s star performers during Euro 2020
- The Manchester City star though has questioned why people congratulated him
- England suffered a heartbreaking penalty-shootout defeat to Italy in the final
- Sterling believes England can challenge to lift the World Cup in Qatar next year
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has insisted there’s ‘nothing more important’ for him than winning a major tournament with England.
Gareth Southgate’s side came agonisingly close to their first major trophy in 55 years, losing out on penalties to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
Sterling was one of England’s star performers at the tournament, scoring three goals and making UEFA’s Team of the Tournament.
Raheem Sterling has questioned why people congratulated him after England’s Euro 2020 disappointment
The Manchester City star was one of England’s star performers during the competition
The 27-year-old though has questioned why people congratulated him after the tournament, after the disappointment of not lifting the trophy at Wembley.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Sterling said: ‘The last couple of years with Gareth (Southgate) you can see the steps we’ve been making as a team on the field and off the field.
‘Everyone after the tournament (Euro 2020) was congratulating me and I was like ‘congratulating me for what?’
‘They were like ‘no, you had a lovely tournament’ – I was like ‘that’s not what the team set out to do,’ it was really disappointing.
England lost out to Italy in a heartbreaking penalty-shootout defeat in the final at Euro 2020
‘Yes, it was a great journey but at the same time we want our hands on a trophy because there is nothing more important for me, for a lot of the boys, I think we would agree there is nothing bigger than winning a major tournament with England. I don’t think you could beat that for us as players.’
England have qualified for next year’s World Cup in Qatar and Sterling believes the Three Lions have a squad that is capable of lifting the trophy.
He said: ‘I think we have players at the right ages, challenging for the right things and have the mentality to be the best in their position.
Sterling says there is ‘nothing more important’ to him than winning a major trophy with England
‘We have a wonderful manager here that tries to give us the environment to perform at the highest level.’
Sterling then joked to Gareth Southgate who was also part of the interview that his comments would get him a place on the plane for Qatar 2022.
The Euro 2020 final saw England take the lead early on through Luke Shaw only for Leonardo Bonucci to equalise.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed from the penalty spot as Italy lifted the trophy.
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