England captain Wayne Rooney says that Raheem Sterling being at Manchester City rather than Liverpool is better for the national team.
Sterling spent the early parts of the summer engineering a move to Manchester, and has started the season in fine form. His side sit top of the Premier League with four victories from four matches, and are yet to concede a goal.
Sterling scored his first goal for the club in the victory over Watford before the international break, and Rooney believes his England team-mate looks settled.
“You can see he’s settled. He’s happy, I’m sure,” Rooney said.
“He’s got the move he wanted. He’s started the season excellently, settled in really well at City.
“When you are going through what he did, trying to leave Liverpool, it can be quite difficult. But he’s a lot more relaxed and settled, which is good for us.”
Roy Hodgson has backed Sterling to win 100 caps for his country, and also praised Sterling’s City form.
“His first games for City have been good. His games for us have been good, too,” Hodgson said.
“He’ll have a lot of big years – France in 2016, Russia in 2018, 2020 all over Europe, and 2022…
“At his age he has plenty more to look forward to. I’m sure that, one day, he’ll be looking forward to sitting here alongside me with over 100 caps.”