Sterling set to sparkle in Brazil


    Just two caps, almost a year and a half between each other, yet for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, a place on the plane to Rio is almost guaranteed.


    The young lion has been a revelation for the Merseyside club this season and been a vital factor, alongside Suarez and Sturridge, in the clubs resurgence to the top end of the Premier League.

    And he seems to be simply getting better. The 19-year-old has nailed his place down at Anfield since December and has bagged six league goals including a double in the 5-1 win against Arsenal which no doubt made him a sure starter for the Denmark friendly, in which he was named Man of the Match.

    It was Sterling’s chance to shine, and like all season, he took it. Such is his confidence now that he will surely feature in the squad for England’s opener against Italy; Nike have even reportedly made plans to make him the poster boy for the Three Lions in Brazil.

    The news comes as no surprise. Many pundits are predicting that managers at the FIFA World Cup will rely heavily on pace, particularly in the latter stages of games, with South American temperatures set to soar throughout the tournament.

    Of course Roy Hodgson’s men aren’t expected to reach the latter stages – their shortest odds to win the Jules Rimet are at 29/1 according to freebets – but with a fresh burst of pace, it could trouble a lot of defences in the searing heat.

    We all know Sterling has that. And in abundance.

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