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Raheem Sterling urged England to improve ball-handling

Raheem Sterling urged England to improve ball-handling

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Raheem Sterling urged England to improve ball-handling

Raheem Sterling helped the England team in winning over Croatia in Euro 2020 match. Following their first Group D match at the European competition, the 26-year-old has identified areas where England could improve. Raheem Sterling has advised England to enhance their ball-handling if they want to win Euro 2020. Earlier, John Stones chastised Jordan Pickford for being too direct. 

He told the Official England Podcast, according to Manchester Evening News: “There is stuff from the Croatia game we know we can do better. From my own perspective, I think we could have kept the ball a bit better.”

In England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday, Sterling scored the game-winning goal with Stones in command at the defense. Since then, Gareth Southgate has tried to downplay an altercation between Stones and Pickford, stating that the Manchester City defender was frustrated by his goalkeeper’s persistence on going long.

“I think we could have played out from the back a bit more because when you come up against France and Spain, teams like that, we can’t just give them back the ball because it will be a long time before we get the ball back. We’ve got to do what they are going to try and do to us, they are going to try and make us run, we have got to do that to teams and we are more than capable of doing that,” the Englishman added.

“I thought at times we could have played a little bit more, just keep the ball, keep them running, especially when it is a hot day and we have got the right players to do that.”

He continued: “Yes, we played a good Croatia side but if we go into the last 16 you come up against these top national teams that have players who enjoy keeping the ball. We have the same players as well so it is just my thoughts. We went 1-0 up so of course, we didn’t want to concede, but at the same time, the best way not to concede is by not giving the opposition the ball. So the longer we can keep the ball, the better.”

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