'As good as ever': Jamie Redknapp thinks Chelsea star looked back to his best in WC display for his country
Jamie Redknapp claims that Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling looked back to his best in an England shirt against Iran on Monday.
England put down an early marker in the World Cup tournament by emphatically beating Iran 6-2 yesterday.
For Chelsea fans, they got to watch both Sterling and Mason Mount start in Gareth Southgate’s line-up.
Sterling, who has more England caps than anyone else in the current squad, scored a brilliant volleyed goal in the first-half to silence any doubters.
Some supporters may argue the 27-year-old’s club form hasn’t been at its very sharpest this campaign, but he proved his international pedigree by netting again on the big stage.
Sterling against Iran
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp massively rates the contribution from Sterling yesterday in Qatar.
In fact, he suggests the winger was “as good as ever” in attack.
“He’s been playing wing-back at times for Chelsea and not looking confident in any formation, not getting the goals he would have liked. Today he looked like he was as good as ever. He was such a threat going beyond, coming short, got a fantastic finish,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
Sterling has not been horribly out form this season. In fact, he’s still Chelsea’s top scorer this campaign with five goals across all competitions.
However, the main issue has been Graham Potter is still trying to work out his best formation and shape as he grows into the role of Blues head coach.
In contrast, Southgate knows what he likes with England after being in the job for several years and Sterling is a go-to trusted player under him.
This winter period that crams in a World Cup is unusual for everyone, but the timing may actually be great for Sterling.