Jermaine Jenas is confident Raheem Sterling will start for England at the World Cup.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 last night, Jenas predicted a prominent role for the Chelsea attacker, despite not including him in his preferred XI.

Sterling has been a nailed down starter for the last two major international competitions.

His consistency with Manchester City made him an easy selection for Gareth Southgate.

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The forward hasn’t disappointed when called upon either.

He scored three times and was named in the team of the tournament as England made it to the 2020 European Championship finals last summer.

Yet, the 27-year-olds role in the side is under threat due to his recent performances with Chelsea.

Has Sterling done enough to start for England

Whilst others vying for a similar position in the England set-up have progressed, Sterling has slightly transgressed since his switch to Stamford Bridge.

For this reason, Jenas went for Phil Foden ahead of his former City teammate in what he perceived to be England’s best 11 for the World Cup group and knockout phase.

“Not right no. He offers a lot in an England shirt, going forward, scoring goals,” replied the ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder when asked if would include Sterling.

However, despite leaving Chelsea’s number 17 out of his own formation, Jenas admitted Southgate probably wouldn’t do the same.

“He (Sterling) will play by the way, Gareth Southgate will start him 100%. But I’d personally go with Foden.”

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Southgate has shown great trust in Sterling for even adding him to the 26-man squad.

His club form has certainly been weaker compared to the likes of Ivan Toney, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.

All three of the Ts missed out a trip to Qatar, despite outplaying certain members of those set to board the plane.

But Sterling has credit in the bank that he’s clearly cashed in to represent the Three Lions this summer.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.