Kyle Walker: Raheem Sterling is a defender’s nightmare

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Despite excelling at Manchester City this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, the 23-year-old has come in for criticism for his displays in Russian Federation.

Going by the law of averages, he's bound to break his duck soon and might just score against Croatia to mark England's first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990.

Former Manchester United and England defender Neville feels that the criticism is unwarranted and believes that some of the comments he saw on Twitter at half-time during England's 2-0 win over Sweden were completely uncalled for.

The attacker was also a subject to social media abuse during the halftime break in the Three Lions' World Cup quarter-final victory over Sweden.

'People think he's weak but I've seen countless players ride his back because he's that strong.

'I think he's had a fantastic tournament so far and hopefully that can continue in the next week'.

"They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks".

"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he said.

He actually mentioned Sterling a second time, praising his pace and power, and said he and his coaching team would be analysing England more closing over the next two days and passing that information on to his players. "We don't fear England or anybody else".

"Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.

England now has to confront a harder test than their previous encounters in the semifinal where they will come up against Croatia who defeated Russian Federation earlier to progress into the next round.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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