Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling's Been Key to England's Run Says Dier

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling's Been Key to England's Run Says Dier

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ERIC Dier believes there should be no debate about City's Raheem Sterling's performances at the World Cup, praising the forward for a 'fantastic tournament'.

Amid the joyous celebrations that have greeted England's run to the semi-finals in Russia, Sterling seems to be the one player whose contribution splits opinion.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has placed a huge amount of trust in the 23-year-old, starting him in every game barring the defeat to Belgium when he rested several key men.

Sterling's pace and willingness to run at opposition defences has been a major part of England's attacking threat, but his timid finishing has frustrated some fans.

Dier, though, insists questions over his value to the side are a red herring.

"Raheem's attitude is fantastic, his work ethic is fantastic as well. …

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