Focus on Raheem Sterling: How the England forward performed against Panama

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Raheem Sterling had been expected to be dropped for England’s second World Cup Group G game against Panama but was given a reprieve by manager Gareth Southgate.

The Manchester City forward retained his place for the 6-1 victory but he failed to get his name on the scoresheet once more in an England shirt.

Here we assess Sterling’s performance in a game when even his Manchester City team-mate John Stones scored twice with two headers from set-pieces.


Raheem Sterling, left, and Jesse Lingard
Sterling, left, played a part in Lingard’s goal and helped him celebrate (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Goal threat

Raheem Sterling
Sterling only had the goals of his team-mates to celebrate as his drought went on (Tim Goode/PA)


Sterling made a late challenge on Panama’s Roman Torres but escaped a booking (Antonio Calanni/AP)


Harry Kane
Harry Kane once again showed Sterling how to find the target at the World Cup (Adam Davy/PA)

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