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Eric Dier: 'England teammate Kieran Trippier deserves recognition'

11 July 2018

Sterling scored 23 goals in all competitions for City last season but has not found the net for Gareth Southgate's side in Russian Federation.

The Manchester City forward is yet to score for his country in nearly three years and missed two clear-cut chances against Sweden.

Sterling has found his performances being placed under the microscope arguably more than any other England player by certain publications.

"We as a country are united and behind the team".

"He was a constant threat to Sweden".

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".

Some more hysterical commentators even called for him to be dropped from the squad.

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Midfielder Eric Dier says that England and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Kieran Trippier deserves the recognition that he has received for his recent performances.

After a quiet opening World Cup game against Tunisia, there was speculation Sterling would be dropped for the following group match against Panama.

"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he said. "He's had a fantastic tournament so far and hopefully he can continue to have one in the next week".

"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".

He was rested for the 1-0 defeat to Belgium but restored to the line-up as England entered the knockout rounds.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", said Dalic ahead of Wednesday's clash in Moscow.

Eric Dier: 'England teammate Kieran Trippier deserves recognition'