Raheem Sterling (Raheem Shaquille Sterling), an English professional footballer was born on 8 December 1994, Jamaica. Sterling made his senior debut for England in November 2012 after previously being capped by England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. He was chosen in England’s squads for the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2016.
Sterling has developed into not only England’s most influential player on the pitch — scoring a hat-trick in the team’s comprehensive win over the Czech Republic at the weekend — but a powerful voice off the field, too. Jadon Sancho’s face lit up when he was asked about Raheem Sterling’s role in the England set up.
“I’m just happy that I’m sharing a pitch with him”, said the 18-year-old star.
Sancho is not alone in his praise of Sterling. At just 24-years-old, Sterling is becoming an inspirational figure to fellow players in the England set up. Gareth Southgate – the England manager – has recognised that, adding him to the team’s leadership group. And, on the pitch, Sterling is in the best form of his career, scoring four times in the last two England games. In the same year, Sterling was given the “Golden Boy award” for being the best young player in the world. In 2015, Raheem Sterling moved from Liverpool to rivals Manchester City, for £50 million – at the time a Man City record fee.
Raheem Shaquille Sterling Full Biography and Profile
Raheem Sterling had a difficult start to life, moving from Jamaica to England as a two-year-old after his father died from gun violence.
He was first discovered playing in north-west London by QPR, where his ability and reputation grew to the extent that he was said to be on the verge of a first-team call up at the age of 15 before Liverpool swooped to take him to Anfield.
And it was on Merseyside where he started to make waves, with his tricks, skill and pace putting him in the spotlight as he quickly broke through England’s development teams and into the senior set up, when he made his debut in a game with Sweden in November 2012. Scoring in a World Cup isn’t a new sensation for Sterling, he memorably scored a stunning strike for England against Rwanda at the 2011 U17 World Cup in Mexico.
Following his move to Manchester City, the coverage surrounding Sterling became more intense and more personal – with some people questioning his motives for moving. He was, after all, getting paid a lot more money at City. Some people asked if he was worth the money and he also began to get a lot more criticism for his performances. For instance, after England’s were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, one newspaper called Sterling a “footie idiot.”
On the pitch Sterling was showing how good he was – scoring 18 times as Manchester City won the 2017-2018 Premier League title.
As former England striker Gary Lineker posted on Twitter: “He’s not only one of our most important players but @sterling7 has become an intelligent, assured and measured voice for good in our game and our society.”
In a powerful column for the Players’ Tribune, Sterling called out sections of the English media for their constant criticisms of his lifestyle, saying “they hate what they don’t even know.”
Raheem Shaquille Sterling verses racism
Sterling rarely gives media interviews but does express himself on social media. After he suffered alleged racial abuse from fans during a match in December against Chelsea, he spoke out about the way he feels there is unfairness in the way the media report how black and white players spend their wages.
The former Liverpool player was the victim of alleged racist abuse during an English Premier League match at Chelsea and afterwards accused some sections of the media of helping to “fuel racism” with their portrayal of young black footballers.
In an Instagram post, Sterling highlighted how young black footballers were being treated differently, screen-grabbing a MailOnline article about young City player, Tosin Adarabioyo, and comparing it with an article on another young City player, Phil Foden.
Both players had bought multi-million dollar homes for their mums. The headline for Adarabioyo read:
“Young Manchester City footballer, 20, on £25,000 a week splashes out on market for £2.25m despite having never started a Premier League match,” while the story on Foden published a few months earlier read: “Foden buys new £2m home for his mum.”
“I can only, we can only, the FA can only do so much. We’ve got to leave this to the people in charge to make a proper stance on it. Just banning one or two people is not going to change anything, even to our fans I’d say the exact same thing.”
The regulations of European football’s governing body state that if supporters engage in racist behaviour then “the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure”.
Article 14 also states that additional disciplinary measures can be imposed depending on the situation, while “disciplinary measures may be combined with specific directives aimed at tackling such conduct”.
Though Raheem Shaquille Sterling said he had not heard the abuse personally, Southgate said he heard Tottenham defender Rose abused after a booking in the 93rd minute, while Callum Hudson-Odoi also insisted he heard monkey chants from the home fans.
Raheem Sterling celebrated his late goal by cupping his ears to the home fans, and says that was a message that it will take more than abuse to upset the players.
Sterling said: “To be honest with you, I didn’t hear it personally, but Danny made it clear that’s what they were doing. I just wanted to show them that you’re going to need more than that to upset us and stop us because what can I do?
“We know, all of us know what skin colour we are, so I don’t know what the big issue is, it’s not like you’re telling us anything new.
Sterling plays as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker, though he is more comfortable as a natural winger. Sterling has been praised for his adaptability and ability to play wide, at the tip of a midfield diamond and centrally, offering flexibility. Known for his pace, low centre of gravity, and dribbling skills, Sterling has been compared to Alexis Sánchez by his former manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has also praised him for offering a “real threat,” his use of pace with composure and his maturity. Despite his small stature, he also possesses considerable upper-body strength, which aids him in withstanding challenges, and retaining possession.
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