England staff are becoming increasingly concerned with Raheem Sterling after two much-maligned performances at the European Championships.
Several outlets including The Independent, The Guardian and The Mirror are reporting that Raheem Sterling’s confidence has been badly-eroded in the past week.
The 21-year old City winger started the first two games of England’s Euro 2016 campaign and suffered wide criticism online and jeers from England supporters inside the ground. England fans even cheered his substitution at half-time against Wales.
“It’s not nice to see people like [Sterling] being booed – it does hurt,” the assistant manager, Ray Lewington, said when asked about Sterling before the game against Slovakia. “People think they earn loads of money and have no feelings – it’s completely wrong. They are human beings, they feel things, particularly when they are young and trying to find their feet and it wasn’t nice.
It is understood that Raheem Sterling regularly checks his social media and is well aware of the abuse he is receiving. After England’s opening game with Russia, Sterling captioned an Instagram post with “#TheHatedOne”.
It’s been a challenging calendar year for Raheem Sterling, who has been unable to build on his promising start to the season through injury and deselection. Sterling faced a barrage of criticism off his move from Liverpool and was routinely booed by opposition fans up and down the country.