There have been calls today for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling to be one of the first choice players for next summers World Cup in Russia.
The English forward scored a 96th-minute goal on Wednesday evening to seal another win for Manchester City against Southampton.
Sterling has made a habit of that in recent months and has already broken his goals tally from last year with plenty of time to go.
The Englishman has 12 goals in 18 games as opposed to 10 goals in 48 games last season which is simply incredible.
Now, former England man Martin Keown has been speaking about the player and his chances of going to the 2018 World Cup.
Sterling is loving his football. He is in the zone and enjoying the limelight and attention.
“He needs to be first choice in Gareth Southgate’s England team,” he explained.
“We should be proud of any English players who are capable of starring in this record-breaking team.”
“England seem to be copying Chelsea by playing three at the back. They are 12 months behind the curve.”
“The system that is working for Manchester City is the same as Guardiola’s successful formula at Barcelona.”
“Instead of Xavi and Iniesta in midfield, Guardiola has De Bruyne and David Silva, with Fernandinho sitting instead of Busquets.”
“Sterling is shining in this system and Southgate has to get him in the England team.”
The evolution of Raheem Sterling
It’s been a very important few year for Manchester City’s star man.
From moving in a £50million deal and struggling in blue to his current form, it’s been one hell of a journey.
Now, we’ve compiled some of the stats that confirm the players’ improvement over a number of years.