Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate Says Sterling Now Has Head for Scoring

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Southgate Says Sterling Now Has Head for Scoring

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GARETH Southgate believes Raheem Sterling is finally ready to fulfil his potential for England after conquering a 'psychological barrier' with his two goals in the victory over Spain.

The 23-year-old forward excelled as he scored twice to inspire last month's impressive 3-2 victory, and since then has scored three in five for City, who last week awarded him a new contract until 2023.

Following four in 11 for club and country before then, the only consistent criticism - his previous lack of goals - appears to have been convincingly overcome.

Southgate had long had unwavering faith in a player who had divided opinion throughout his three years without a goal in international football, and he is confident that in the coming fixtures with USA and Croatia perhaps his finest talent will truly thrive. …

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