England's 'electric' Raheem Sterling no surprise to manager Gareth Southgate

England's 'electric' Raheem Sterling no surprise to manager Gareth Southgate

"He's really matured as a person and as a footballer and he's hungry for those goals now", he added.

He was called up to Gareth Southgate's side for the first time last week, after Federation Internationale de Football Association approved his decision to represent England.

Gareth Southgate has always known he had a world-class player on his hands in the form of Sterling and the rest of Europe will be anxious to see that he is now bringing out the best of him on the worldwide scene at the start of Euro 2020 qualifying.

Having gone three years and 27 England appearances without a goal, he has now scored five in his last three, having bagged a brace in a 3-2 Nations League win over Spain in October. "He's a role model for the younger players coming in and he's enjoyed that extra responsibility as well".

Sterling received a rapturous Wembley ovation after plundering his first global hat-trick to underline the transformation in his fortunes.

Sterling - who went into the match with only four worldwide goals to his name - threatened again just before the break, winning a penalty after a combination of Kalas and Pavel Kaderabek blocked him off, and Kane made no mistake with the spot-kick.

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Gareth Southgate was appointed as England boss in September 2016, before getting the job full-time two months later, following a successful period guiding the U21s.

But a win over Ronald Koeman's Netherlands side, who failed to qualify for the World Cup previous year, would set up a monumental final against either Portugal or Switzerland three days later.

"We have got players who are good enough to do that".

In doing so, England will feature at the finals of the tournament this summer, meaning they have a chance to be crowned as the first ever Nations League champions. Always there is a danger with form or anything else that it becomes a matter of debate.

"When they're socialising with friends, you're a bit braver in some of your comments or a bit less thoughtful in some of your comments, so I think for all young people that is a danger. So I think our fans and our public will recognise that fact". "None of us are, but you know, you've got a lot more to learn about life at those ages than you have when you get to my age". But there is nothing to stop other players from doing that. That was the best moment for me.

Damary was a kid that I was trying to help and we thought that we found a donor.

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