England always needs a scapegoat. David Beckham was one of the most famous after his sending off for kicking out at Diego Simeone in the 1998 World Cup.
The latest scapegoat is none other than Manchester City’s very own Raheem Sterling. The 21-year-old has been out of form since returning from injury and low on confidence, but the boos and abuse from England fans inside and outside of stadiums will not be helping.
Sterling has also been performing poorly at the Euros, but he isn’t alone. Harry Kane hasn’t resembled the forward who tears Premier League defences apart, but he’s largely being left alone by the media and fans alike. It’s Raheem, barely 21 years of age, who is taking the bulk of the abuse.
It just gets worse. An England fan decided to start a crowdfunding campaign to pay for Sterling’s flight home from France. He reached his objective after people pledged money to something that will never happen.
None of this will do Raheem’s confidence any good, but there may no better man in football to coach him to greatness than Pep Guardiola, who will guide the winger’s career from next season onward.