'Amazing': Alan Shearer really impressed by Chelsea player's display at the World Cup yesterday

Alan Shearer was left really impressed by Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling after his England performance yesterday against Iran.

There’s already been some eye-catching results during the opening few days of the World Cup in Qatar, but England emphatically made sure there was no shock in their opening group match on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions kickstarted their World Cup campaign by thrashing Iran 6-2.

Sterling, who was picked in England’s starting line-up, repaid Southgate’s faith with a superb goal.

The 27-year-old Blues star scored his nation’s third goal with a brilliant volley to get on the end of Harry Kane’s cross.

His form in Chelsea colours at Stamford Bridge this season has been a mix of good and quiet, so to show up in the first game of a major international tournament shows a lot about his mentality and quality.

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Raheem Sterling against Iran

Shearer picked out Sterling, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka as an “amazing” trio from yesterday’s contest.

In particular, he highlighted the decision from Southgate to stick with Sterling in the XI.

“Bellingham was amazing, as were Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling – though everyone else also adapted so well to the system too, including our centre-halves… The manager deserves credit too, of course. As well as picking [Harry] Maguire, sticking with Sterling was another big call Southgate got right,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

Riyad Mahrez was among those to praise the Chelsea attacker after his England performance.

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Sterling was England’s standout performer at Euro 2020, so you can fully understand why Southgate trusted him as part of the forward line yesterday.

It’s obvious that he really enjoys operating as a left-winger in the England system, which is why he may have plenty more important contributions to make in the next few weeks.

For Chelsea boss Graham Potter, he’s got to spend the next month figuring out how he wants to use him when domestic football does return post-World Cup.

Sterling is a forward that can score and assist goals, something that’s lacking in the Blues squad right now.

Hopefully, he can come back fit and firing for Chelsea.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.