Raheem Sterling revealed that he was unhappy with his lack of time on the pitch for Man City last season. He has been linked with a move away from the Premier League Champions recently. Phil Foden was preferred to Sterling towards the end of the season by Guardiola. He was also benched for the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals. Sterling has started on the right in both the opening games of Euro 2020 for England. He scored the winner against Croatia in their opening game.
“It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team,” Man City winger Raheem Sterling said. “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 and the rest of the team were booed during their goalless draw against Scotland at Wembley. The toothless England performance was criticized by experts and fans from around the world. Sterling admitted that there is “panic” outside the camp but insisted the squad knew better than to listen.
“I do feel there’s a bit of an overreaction on the whole in terms of I don’t know if it’s… I just feel there’s more of a panic on the outside than inside the building,” he added. “The players who have been at a few tournaments, who have huge experience, try to help the other ones. I don’t see anyone in the camp that feels any pressure or feels hard done by. As much as we can inside the building the best thing we can do is focus on the training field, focus on what’s been doing inside.”