Midfielder Jordan Henderson says Raheem Sterling’s hard work is paying dividends after his England goal glut continued.
It seems remarkable to think that Sterling went more than 1,000 days without scoring for his country after he bagged his eighth goal in eight games in the 5-3 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Kosovo on Tuesday.
The Manchester City forward also claimed three assists and has become one of the most productive players in Europe. Henderson and Sterling are locked in a duel with their club sides, with Liverpool and City matching each other blow for blow in the Premier League.
Henderson knows Sterling’s form will be vital if England are to claim major silverware any time soon but hopes it will be restricted to international level. “Raheem’s a fantastic player,” the Liverpool midfielder said.
“He’s been playing like this for many years, he’s always been so good to play with.
“Now he’s getting his rewards, he’s getting goals and assists and you can see his confidence growing.
“He’s performing at the highest level and hopefully he can continue to do that.
“He’s getting in the right areas, he’s scoring goals and assisting goals.
“Of course he’s going to be confident, he’s doing really well and he’s still looking to improve all the time.
“We just need him to keep doing it – more for England than City!
“He’s a great lad and a fantastic player,” added Henderson.