'What a player': Patrice Evra thinks £50m Chelsea star is so good when he plays for his country

Patrice Evra thinks Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling is so good when he plays for England.

Sterling, 27, got his own World Cup tournament off to a good start earlier this week.

He scored a brilliant volley inside the box during England’s 6-2 win against Iran, which sent out a strong message from Gareth Southgate’s side to rivals.

Sterling’s form has been up and down this season for Chelsea since joining them for £50million in the summer, albeit he’s still been one of the club’s more positive performers. Therefore, some neutrals weren’t convinced of the attacker’s position in the England starting XI heading into the World Cup.

The left-winger started and scored in the Iran victory, proving yet again that he feels really comfortable when representing his country.

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Raheem Sterling for England

Former Premier League champion Evra has observed Sterling always impresses on the international stage.

“We criticise Sterling a lot. What a player when he plays with England,” Evra said.

Similarly, Ian Wright claims the Chelsea winger looked supremely confident in England’s opening World Cup game despite stuttering Chelsea form.

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Hopefully, Chelsea benefit the most from Sterling’s involvement in the major international tournament.

You can see why he’s a go-to individual for Southgate, who relies on his movement and pace so much in the final third of the pitch.

It seemed like he was going through a rough patch with Chelsea pre-World Cup, which could be said for most of his teammates.

Graham Potter’s got time to reflect on his players over the next month, so hopefully he returns with a plan and system to get the best from key individuals like Sterling.

There’s not a lot of goals when you look around the Blues dressing room, but he’s one that has shown he can score a lot at the top level.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.