Sterling now happier with England than Man City

Joshua Hall
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Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has said he is unhappy with his lack of playing time at Manchester City as he admits he is enjoying his football with England more.

The winger has put his current form – he is the only England player to score at Euro 2020 – down to doing what he loves best.

Sterling was often left out of Pep Guardiola’s side last season, including sitting on the bench for the Champions League quarter and semi-finals.

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The Man City star scored England’s winner against Croatia in their opening game of Euro 2020 and played the full 90 minutes against Scotland on Friday.

He has been a regular starter for Gareth Southgate during his tenure as England boss and was paramount to the nation’s success in Russia back in 2018.

Sky Sports reported that when discussing his form at the Euros so far Sterling described the key as “just happiness”, but admitted he doesn’t like sitting out games.

He said: “It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team,

“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy. That’s me, that’s been me since I was a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”

Sterling’s admission of bench-warming frustration comes amid rumours of a potential move away from the Etihad this summer.

But the Premier League champion is fully focused on his time with England at the moment as Southgate’s squad hope to top group D on Tuesday night.

Sterling spoke about the nation’s reaction to the Three Lions’ frustrating goalless draws against Scotland, describing it as an overreaction.

England currently sit second in group D behind Czech Republic on goal difference, but face the Czechs on Tuesday at Wembley.

If England win the game they will top the group, giving them a home game at Wembley for the round of 16.

Sterling spoke about the importance of the three points and what the home advantage means to the squad.

He said: “There is always an advantage being on home soil, that’s for sure,

“With the fans raring and making it a hostile place to come, I do think it can be a good advantage and, like I say, we’ve got four points, I keep stressing we’ve got four points and we’ve got one game to go and we’re going to need our fans on Tuesday to get us across the line.”