Neville blasts ‘absolutely disgusting’ Sterling criticism

Matt Stead

Gary Neville has hit out at the “absolutely disgusting” treatment Raheem Sterling is subjected to.

Sterling impressed as England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

The Manchester City winger missed a handful of gilt-edged chances in the quarter-final, but his movement and pace was vital to stretching the Sweden defence.

But Sterling was subjected to the same tired criticism at half-time and after the game, including from certain sections of our own Mailbox.

Neville questioned the “absolutely disgusting” comments he faced.

“The actual treatment at half-time of him across social media was absolutely disgusting, and isn’t representative of the performance he put in,” Neville told ITV.

“To run in-behind Granqvist all that time, he kept getting in and getting in.

“OK, we didn’t have the cherry on the cake, the goal, where all of a sudden you’re a hero, but it was a brilliant performance.”