Ian Wright believes Raheem Sterling’s confidence has shot back up in an England shirt following his struggles at Chelsea.
Speaking on his own podcast, Wright almost sounded relieved to see Sterling’s Stamford Bridge shackles released against Iran on Monday,
Chelsea’s summer signing must’ve been glad to put the Premier League behind him for at least a few weeks as he jetted off to Qatar.
The 27-year-old has not quite smashed the records since moving to South West London from Manchester City.
Although, he might be nearing an unwanted record: his longest run without a league goal.
Sterling silences Chelsea frustration
When the attacker returns to Cobham after the World Cup concludes, he will attempt to end a seven-game baron scoring streak.
But at least Sterling managed to break the chain in a Three Lions’ shirt.
He was on target in England’s 6-2 rout over Iran earlier in the week.
His 19th for the national team, and first at a World Cup, was converted with real confidence and composure.
Characteristics that haven’t generally been chucked in his direction during his Chelsea career.
“My favourite goal was Sterling’s goal. Harry Kane’s cross, he was actually facing away. It was Beckham-esque how he put it in,” explained Wright.
“For Raheem to finish it with the outside of his foot like that… When you look at Raheem’s form for Chelsea, he hasn’t quite got going. It’s stuttering and starting.
“That goal is the goal is somebody who is in supreme confidence. Otherwise, you take that with the inside of his right foot and make sure you get it on target. That was a fantastic goal.”
There is something about pulling on the England jersey that transforms Sterling.
Although the pressure is very much on whenever he starts for Gareth Southgate’s side, he can seemingly switch it off for 90 minutes.
Everything appears easier for Chelsea’s number 17.
Long may this form continue, Raz.