Mathew Upson would consider dropping Raheem Sterling
Former Premier League star Mathew Upson has urged Gareth Southgate to rethink starting Raheem Sterling from the starting lineup. The Manchester City star had a poor showing for England during their opening World Cup game against Tunisia but Upson has highlighted that he would drop winger for a different reason.
In a report covered by Evening Standard, Upson indicated that Sterling has tended to lose possession more often than his teammates, which could cost the team dearly later on in the tournament, he said:“I would keep it the same for Panama bar possibly changing Sterling. I think that could be a change and not because he was bad.I don't think anyone needs to clamber over Sterling about his performance. For me, it wasn't that bad. It really wasn't. I just find that sometimes he gets himself in a place where he concedes possession of the ball. He gets caught up with a lot of bodies.”
Aside from Sterling, a number of his teammates were also guilty of failing to find the scoresheet from easy opportunities but the Three Lions nevertheless saw through a 2-1 win thanks to the efforts of Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur ace opened the scoring for the Three Lions early in the first period before Tunisia equalised via the penalty spot in the 35th minute.
From thereafter, England had multiple chances to find the winner but Kane was present to score the match-winning header in injury time. With the result, England and Belgium are favourites to progress to the round of 16 and the pair could seal their qualification with winnable games against Panama and Tunisia to come. Sterling was replaced by Marcus Rashford following the hour mark against Tunisia and there are suggestions that the Manchester United ace may start ahead of his compatriot.