David Beckham calls on England fans to cheer, not jeer Raheem Sterling

  • David Beckham calls on England fans to cheer, not jeer Raheem Sterling

David Beckham calls on England fans to cheer, not jeer Raheem Sterling

There is no doubt that Southgate has been blessed with a plethora of English blood coming through the ranks all across top flight - if Ruben Loftus-Cheek seized his World Cup spot with a wonderful loan spell, the national team captain Harry Kane has had the most profound education - written off by many in his early years, the Tottenham Hotspur forward has been consistently sensational.

Some see the fact that he is yet to score in the tournament as a huge negative.

Sterling's pace and willingness to run at opposition defences has been a major part of England's attacking threat, but his timid finishing has frustrated some fans.

Eric Dier says England are reaping the rewards at the World Cup for a change in approach following a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016 but are hungry to go beyond the semi-finals.

It follows messages of support from David Beckham and Gary Neville.

"We are in the semi final of a World Cup".

Sterling's work rate also offers an unpredictable edge to England's play.

His performance against Sweden on Saturday saw him ranked the worse England player on the BBC website.

"But he has become anxious about getting on the scoresheet".

"We as a country are united behind the team". Sterling is exactly the same: he might not be doing what the media or the fans believe he should be doing, but he is perfectly fulfilling the role that helps the team succeed, and therefore England are a better side with Raheem Sterling starting.

"Everyone knows that but hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".

England now has to confront a harder test than their previous encounters in the semifinal where they will come up against Croatia who defeated Russian Federation earlier to progress into the next round.

Dalic blamed Croatia's opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

And this could benefit England if Sterling makes the most of the space presented to him.

Just two goals in 42 appearances, which came against Lithuania and Estonia, isn't anything to call home about. It's 28 years since we got to a semi-final but no player in the dressing room would have told you "we're not confident" or "we're not going to get there".