Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pearce Heaps Praise on Improved Raz

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pearce Heaps Praise on Improved Raz

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FORMER City and England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has praised the considerable improvements Raheem Sterling has shown on and off the field in recent years.

The 24-year-old was the star of the show for England on Friday evening, scoring a hat-trick and winning a penalty as Gareth Southgate's side hit five past the Czech Republic to start the 2020 European Championship qualifying campaign in electric fashion.

His hat-trick at Wembley continued an impressive record for Sterling at international level, with five of the seven goals he has netted for the Three Lions coming in his last three appearances before last night - having previously failed to find the net in 27 appearances. Having now proven himself as a reliable goalscorer, netting a total of 33 goals in the Premier League for City over the course of the past two seasons. …

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