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Raheem Sterling revealed as the most “frightening” player in England training

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:56, 30 March 2019

Newly-capped England midfielder Declan Rice has hailed Raheem Sterling as the Three Lion’s best trainer.

Sterling played a huge role in England’s recent 5-0 and 5-1 wins over the Czech Republic and Montenegro respectively, scoring four goals across the two games including a hat-trick against the former.

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  1. Declan Rice received his first England call-up in the recent international break.
  2. The West Ham United midfielder had previously represented Ireland in friendly matches before switching his international allegiance.
  3. Rice gelled well with his new teammates and has spent a lot of time soaking up the atmosphere on the training pitch.
  4. And the 20-year-old has admitted Sterling is frightening to play against in five-a-side games.

It saw Sterling’s phenomenal season continue, with the Englishman one of the favourites to win the Premier League’s Player of the Year award for his role in helping Manchester City chase a second-consecutive title.

And as well as impressing on the pitch, Rice has admitted Sterling is scary to face on the training ground.

“I’d have to say Sterling,” Rice told the Daily Mail when asked who England’s best trainer was.

“What he does with the ball is frightening.

“In the small-sided games, five-a-sides, if you’ve got him on your team you’ve won before you’ve even started! He’s impossible to stop.”

Despite drawing a blank in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, Sterling has been on fire in recent games. The Englishman has been directly involved in nine goals in his last four starts for club and country, netting seven himself and registering two assists.

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“Sterling’s an England leader”

Sterling’s fine performance during the international break was overshadowed by the Man City winger being subject to racial abuse in England’s 5-1 win over Montenegro. He responded in the “best way to silence” his abusers, by scoring the final goal of the game and using his platform to once again highlight and condemn the issue of racism within football, resulting in calls for Sterling to be named captain.

And his mentorship over young stars Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi is something Rice as picked up on.

He added: “He’s in the leadership group now. All the lads love him. He’s like Harry [Kane], always giving advice and trying to help where he can with the younger players in his position.

“I see him talking a lot with Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi. For them to learn off him, that’s special.”