Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling Kept Cool against Hot-Headed Colombia

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling Kept Cool against Hot-Headed Colombia

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RAHEEM Sterling exemplified England's ability to stay calm in the face of provocation against Colombia, a quality he feels was vital in carrying the Three Lions to the last eight of the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side had to endure 120 minutes of ill-temper, gamesmanship and mind games from the South Americans.

Colombia turned every corner into a drama, attempted to physically block England taking set-pieces and took things up a notch when Wilmar Barrios butted Jordan Henderson.

City ace Sterling was also on the receiving end of some harsh treatment, not least when Colombia's fitness coach Eduardo Julio Urtasun appeared to barge the England winger with his shoulder as he headed for the tunnel at half-time.

"I just remember running in and someone stepped in front of me," he said. …

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