Search

England should stick with Sterling says Barnes

PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 July 2018

England's Raheem Sterling (left) and Colombia's Davinson Sanchez battle for the ball (pic Adam Davy/PA)

England's Raheem Sterling (left) and Colombia's Davinson Sanchez battle for the ball (pic Adam Davy/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

England should keep faith with Raheem Sterling to get the best out of captain Harry Kane once again in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, according to former winger John Barnes.

Manchester City forward Sterling has found his position in the England team under scrutiny, having failed to replicate his goalscoring club form last season so far out in Russia.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate could decide make changes for the showdown against the Swedes in Samara – with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford one option for the frontline.

Barnes – who won his first England cap aged 19 and went on to be part of the squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and semi-finals of Italia 90 – believes “tricky” Sterling offers something different.

“You shouldn’t be putting a 23-year-old boy under pressure to win you the World Cup. Unfortunately for Raheem that has happened,” Barnes told Press Association Sport.

“He doesn’t hide, he wants the ball all the time, is confident and is doing okay. He will come good.

“Raheem is never going to be an out-and-out goalscorer. He scored quite a few for Manchester City because of the way they play, but that is not what he is going to do (with England).

“He creates, he works hard and is tricky. He causes a lot of problems for the opposition and is well worth his place in the team.”

The former England winger added: “Maybe we would have more of a goal threat if (Marcus) Rashford plays, because he is more of a goalscorer, but then I don’t think you would get the best out of Harry Kane.”

Barnes, who started his career at Watford before moving to Liverpool and also later had a spell with Newcastle, feels the current England players will leave Russia better prepared for the challenges ahead.

“So far, England have done what they should have done, against the teams we have played. I am sure we are not getting carried away now that we are in the quarter-finals,” he said.

“Regardless of whether they go out against Sweden or go to the semi-finals, even the final, I would put more pressure on them to do better at the next World Cup or win it, when they have four years more experience. Anything past this now is a bonus.”

*Former England footballer John Barnes worked with Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson to create a parody version of his famous rap ahead of £EngSwe.

From beer glasses to pillows to hide behind during penalties, Clas Ohlson has all the gear you need to enjoy the games. www.clasohlson.co.uk

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 17:12

The Street League Skateboarding (SLS) World Tour, the world's most prestigious street skateboarding competition, returns to London's Copper Box Arena today.

Yesterday, 10:30

Lawrence Okolie will defend his British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against Jack Massey in Manchester later this summer.

Yesterday, 09:00

Conor Benn will headline his first ever show at the legendary York Hall in Bethnal Green next month.

Fri, 13:00

On a special edition of the East London Football Podcast, and the final episode of the season, we take a look back at Leyton Orient's memorable campaign.

Fri, 09:00

Kevin Lisbie joked he hopes friend and former team-mate Jobi McAnuff doesn't become more of a legend than him at Leyton Orient

Thu, 16:26

The University of East London celebrated another great year of sporting success at their annual Sports Awards at Indigo at the O2 on Wednesday night.

What were the most memorable moments from the season?

Thu, 15:00

The 21-year-old is excited to play in the Football League again and will keep his fitness ticking over during the summer

PROMOTED CONTENT

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

The team behind All Points East have put together a mouth-watering line-up of local food and drink traders who will be fuelling the festival in May.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists