Riyad Mahrez among others marvelled at Chelsea and England forward Raheem Sterling’s sizzling World Cup display against Iran yesterday.

Mahrez and the other admirers all left responses to Sterling’s Instagram post that went online shortly after Gareth Southgate’s side hit their opponents for six on Monday.

The Stamford Bridge attacker shoved his poor club form to the wings and roared into life wearing the Three Lions jersey.

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Southgate started his trusted servant, despite some debating he had done enough in Chelsea colours to warrant a prominent role.

As many argued in the build up to the contest, Sterling has never let the England manager down and he did not disappoint once again.

The 27-year-old looked free from the shackles that have strapped him down since switching Manchester City for South West London.

His movement was unrestricted, constantly causing issues the Iran backline.

He linked up excellently with Harry Kane and this partnership produced the England’s third goal.

Sterling scores and assists for England

Kane’s cross located the boot of Sterling, who stabbed his shot into the net to secure his first World Cup goal.

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In the second-half, the scorer turned into the donor.

Sterling through shades to his City days by jinking past a few tackles, then feeding his pass into the path of Bukayo Saka.

Saka shimmied past some bodies and eventually slotted his effort over the line.

Whilst the Arsenal star and Jude Bellingham rightly bagged the headlines, Sterling’s contribution must not be overlooked.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced 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. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."