Raheem Sterling thanks England fans after reaching 'dream' World Cup semi-final

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Raheem Sterling would be playing for Exeter City instead of England if he didn't have pace, according to Vinnie Jones.

Sterling missed a golden chance to send England two goals ahead in the latter stages of the first half of their quarter-final with Sweden at the 2018 World Cup.

Neville told ITV: "The actual treatment at half-time of [Sterling] across social media was absolutely disgusting, and isn't representative of the performance he put in. Got past my opponent a couple of times, got a couple of balls in, and you just get caned [by the media]" Sterling said (h/t ESPN FC).

Criticism of Sterling has continued from many pundits, with former Wales worldwide Vinnie Jones the latest to attack the Premier League winner's performances.

Roy Keane tears into England fans for getting carried away
One fan appealed to the public to report him missing to Willy Wonka while another claimed to have never seen anybody so orange. Keane, a former Ireland worldwide , tore into the hysteria and took aim at Ian Wright in the ITV studio.

After the match Gary Neville pushed back by emphasising the positive aspects of Sterling's performance, and former England captain Beckham followed up by urging supporters to get behind the 23-year-old.

Raheem Sterling has been defended by Manchester United and Real Madrid legend David Beckham over criticism he has received at the World Cup.

And ahead of England's semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday evening, Jones has questioned whether Sterling should keep his place in Southgate's starting lineup ahead of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

"Haven't seen this but whatever it is it's wrong", Beckham wrote on Instagram.

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