Dier inspired by Sterling's handling of criticism

Dier inspired by Sterling's handling of criticism

Dier inspired by Sterling's handling of criticism

"We are in the semi-final of a World Cup".

Sterling's forceful running troubled Sweden during England's 2-0 win on Saturday, even if his erratic finishing let them off the hook on a couple of occasions.

But, for all his critics, Sterling has more supporters, the most important of whom is Southgate, who has kept Sterling in his starting lineup, and the forward has a groundswell of support from several other important figures.

"He is getting in all the right positions, but sometimes you look at Sterling and you think, if he didn't have that pace he'd be playing for Exeter or someone".

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has only one real injury concern heading into Wednesday's World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation . Arriving at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Theresa May said: "Good luck to the team tonight".

Croatia's shoot-out victory over Russian Federation was their second straight win on penalties at the World Cup, having beaten Denmark in the same fashion in the last-16, and Dalic admitted that playing 120 minutes twice in the last six days was not ideal, particularly as some of his players are now carrying injuries.

Sterling squandered a fine opportunity to score in the quarter-final win over Sweden and Wright thinks he's simply suffering from nerves.

Two moments from England's first half against Sweden made the highlight reel for Raheem Sterling - first when he was deemed just offside after being one-on-one with the keeper, secondly when he failed to beat the Swedish custodian from a close range.

"He offers so much to the team".

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The Australian veteran hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 33 putts and made just two birdies. She had 31 birdies and one eagle, another record for most sub-par holes in a tournament.

The 51-year-old coach, who has only been in charge of the national side since October, said: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

"The runs he was making, it is a key factor as a front player. Still, he misses simple balls, and he has to be more aggressive in these kinds of things", Guardiola had acknowledged that Sterling is still a work-in-progress but the Manchester City boss had also reflected upon the tenets of his game which Southgate has managed to harness successfully. "His work ethic is fantastic as well." he said.

Raheem Sterling has been given a hard time by sections of the British media, but Eric Dier says he has been "incredible".

The flak Sterling receives doesn't bother him as much anymore, in his own words, the youngster focussing on his duties instead.

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Manchester City forward Sterling has found his position in the England team under scrutiny, having failed to replicate his goalscoring club form last season so far out in Russian Federation. Every player deserves to be applauded.

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