Raheem Sterling, England, Euro 2020 Qualifying, Euro 2020

Raheem Sterling, England

Raheem Sterling stays cool as Kosovo warmth puts his week in perspective | Nick Ames

Raheem Sterling stays cool as Kosovo warmth puts his week in perspective | Nick Ames

17.11.2019

Raheem Sterling stays cool as Kosovo warmth puts his week in perspective | Nick Ames

The England attacker consigned a dramatic few days to history on a poignant night that was about more than just football

England’s stress levels will be tested far more severely next summer and this rarely looked like the kind of event that would expose any underlying cracks. Instead, with four months until the squad next gathers, there will be a sense of relief that the ship seems nicely on course. If a week of crisis brings 11 goals without reply and the smoothest of qualifications for a major tournament, what might transpire when everything is smelling of roses?

“Thank you England, god bless you England,” the PA man shouted, referring explicitly to the UK’s role in bringing peace to the country in 1999. “We always appreciate your support in the most difficult days – 20 years on, we are here as equals.” The sentiment was heartwarming and perfectly captured the occasion’s tone; in a purely footballing sense, however, England were tasked with proving that its latter part was not entirely true just yet.

When England did manage some, Sterling took aim in the box and was denied by a good save by his sometime clubmate, Aro Muric, who is on loan at Nottingham Forest from Manchester City. Pens might been sharpened at that point for a duel in which Muric constantly thwarted Sterling – not the first time of late that a confrontation with a colleague had ended unsatisfactorily, and all that – but instead the storyline became rather more obvious. It was one of England again showing no mercy, cutting loose in the end stages of a game they had controlled without really going through the gears; it has become a welcome habit and Sterling’s perseverance fitted the mould.

Read more: The Guardian

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