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Pundit 'tempted' to see Manchester City ace start for England despite ‘tough time’ last season

Pundit Alan Smith believes Raheem Sterling will start for England despite a poor season for Manchester City.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the former Arsenal striker confessed that the 26-year-old winger should start for the Three Lions. England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia on Sunday.

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Four players in total from Manchester City made Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Sterling was joined by the likes of Phil Foden, John Stones and Kyle Walker.

‘Sterling’s had a tough time’

The Kingston-born attacker has endured a poor season with City despite scoring 14 goals and assisting a further 12 in all competitions. Sterling’s performance in the UEFA Champions League final, in particular, was a notable low point for the winger.

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The former Liverpool star has faced criticism from both fans and pundits, yet Smith believes the attacker should still start for England in Euro 2020.

“Sterling’s had a tough time with Manchester City, but I would find a place for him on the right. It’s [their position] changeable with Foden and Sterling, but I’d be tempted to go with those two.”

History shows Sterling should start for England

Despite a poor season for Sterling’s lofty standards, there’s no doubt that the City attacker deserves to be in the conversation as to who starts Sunday’s opener against Croatia.

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And his style of play perfectly complements Harry Kane.

Indeed, we have seen first-hand just how well Sterling works with Kane, with the duo thriving in the 2018 World Cup together as well as preceding fixtures following the tournament in Russia.

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Whilst Sterling underperformed last season, there’s no denying that the City star has the quality and motivation to deliver and perform for England this summer, especially with the Three Lions one of the favourites to win Euro 2020 this year.

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