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3 reasons why Sterling has replaced Kane as England's talisman

  • Guardiola has improved Sterling into a world-beater and he's been more integral for England than Harry Kane this season.
Modified 30 Mar 2019, 19:53 IST

#3-Sterling is a more complete player

Sterling celebrated with Jadon Sancho after scoring against the Czech Republic
Sterling celebrated with Jadon Sancho after scoring against the Czech Republic

Harry Kane is a perfect No.9, the complete point man in attack. Pacy and strong in the air, if it a finish in the box that you want, he is your man. Sterling, however, is a mazy dribbler and can break down teams that park the bus all by himself. This was on show against the Czech Republic. England had taken an early lead through Sterling thanks to some splendid wing play from Dortmund's mercurial winger Jadon Sancho.

But England was struggling to secure the all-important second goal as the Czech's parked the bus in front of England. Wave after wave of crosses was dealt with by the physical Czech's. Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Sterling, with a mazy run and some incisive dribbling won a penalty on the stroke of half time, which enabled Harry Kane to make the game safe at 2-0.

Only considered a speedy winger till the beginning of this season, Sterling has immensely improved his goalscoring prowess under Pep Guardiola, perhaps the best attack-minded manager club football has ever seen.

Sterling currently ranks at No.10 in the UEFA Euro Player rankings, with 901 points, compiled based on performances for England. He is the highest ranked Englishman, ahead of Jordan Pickford (16th, 801 Points), Harry Kane (29th, 684 Points) and Marcus Rashford (33rd, 671 points)

UEFA Euro Player Rankings (Top 10)

  1. Antoine Griezmann (France)-1293 Points
  2. Memphis Depay (Netherlands)-1225 Points
  3. Sergio Ramos (Spain)-1174 Points
  4. Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands)-1039 Points
  5. Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands)-1007 Points
  6. Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)-975 Points
  7. Andriy Pyatov (Ukraine)-944 Points
  8. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland)-934 Points
  9. Kylian Mbappe (France)-924 Points
  10. Raheem Sterling (England)-901 Points
Published 30 Mar 2019, 19:53 IST
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