Three Lions pacy winger, Raheem Sterling fears for his Manchester City future due to a crisis of confidence over his form at the Etihad.
The Sky Blues player was said to be ‘distraught’ after coming off during the Three Lions’ 2-1 friendly victory over Turkey on Sunday, according to reports from The Mirror.
Sterling will be given a chance to rediscover his best in Friday’s friendly international against Australia, but has claimed he has been robbed of his rhythm and belief since joining City from Liverpool last summer in a £47million transfer. Sterling believes that the ‘two-touch’ style of football he has been encouraged to play under Manuel Pellegrini, which is likely to become even more pronounced under new City boss Pep Guardiola, does not suit his natural game, especially his ability to run at opposition defenders as he was used to Liverpool and hailed.
While he was widely regarded to have had a reasonable game during his 73 minutes as a starter against Turkey, the player is privately struggling for self-belief. The 21-year-old father, a huge transfer signing from Liverpool last summer, even fears he could be one of three players axed by Roy Hodgson this weekend when the England boss trims his 26-man squad down to a final 23 for the Euros, beginning next month.
That is unlikely to happen given that Hodgson is a huge admirer of Sterling, who he started at the last World Cup when the player was still a teenager, and that The Three Lions boss currently has precious few natural wide options at his disposal. Sterling is not thought to have been earmarked by Guardiola as a starter for next season, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss requesting up to eight new first-teamers at City, as he hopes to claim a stake in his first season in England.