Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Brilliant' Raheem Is Praised by Southgate

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Brilliant' Raheem Is Praised by Southgate

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RAHEEM Sterling was 'brilliant' over his disappointing half-time substitution for England last week.

The City star was hauled off after a poor first-half performance in the World Cup qualifier against Malta, in which he missed an easy early chance.

England manager Gareth Southgate replaced Sterling with United's Marcus Rashford, and then dropped him to the bench for Monday's game against Slovakia.

But Southgate says the way Sterling took the indignity of being hauled off after 45 minutes was exemplary.

"His reaction to being taken off was brilliant," said Southgate.

"I mean, it's not easy for any player to be taken off at halftime, but I think he understands that we have belief in him.

"I said after the game that he's got a really tough mentality and he showed that. His response in training was really good. …

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