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SouthStand Billy

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The man in the waistcoat has dropped prima Donna Sterling after a training ground bust up with Joe Gomez, apparently Sterling shouted “who’s the big man now” and grabbed Gomez around the throat. All after some expected banter from last weekends game.
Southgate acted swiftly.
About time that little runt got put back in his box.
 
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I've not always been his biggest fan but fair play to him, he's been excellent in this tournament. His burst of speed from a standing start has discomforted every defender he's played against.

It's the consistency of his end product that stops him being truly elite but if he can keep the standards he's set in this tournament, he'll be up there with anyone in the world as a wide forward.

It will be interesting to see how the ageing Italian defence cope with him. I think he's the one they are worried about.

He is truly elite. His stats for Man City show that. As do his stats for England over the last 2-3 years. In his position he's as good as there is in world football.
 

Herclueless

Tier 1 - Trust me bro'
He is truly elite. His stats for Man City show that. As do his stats for England over the last 2-3 years. In his position he's as good as there is in world football.
Elite players raise the level of their team, put him in a lower calibre team and his output would drop to their level not vice versa.
 

Herclueless

Tier 1 - Trust me bro'
Absolute nonsense. If it's that easy to score for City why didn't the like of Sane or currently Mahrez have his stats? Sterling scores a lot of tap in's and rebounds because he has elite movement. His record for England over the last couple of years is better than Kane's in regards to goals per game.
He's got s good instinct for getting on the end of the good build up play of others, so ok maybe he has elite instinct.

Put him in a team that can't lay it on a plate for him and he'd be useless.
 
He's got s good instinct for getting on the end of the good build up play of others, so ok maybe he has elite instinct.

Put him in a team that can't lay it on a plate for him and he'd be useless.

There's absolutely no evidence of that. Plus if you put De Bruyne in a poorer team his stats obviously wouldn't be as good. Doesn't that apply to just about anyone?
 

Igula

#1 Supporter of Mason's Mates
I'd like to know what games you've been watching. Sterling has been England's best player by far, considering he's made an impact in every game but one, and one of the top few in the tournament period.

I have been watching the England games.

He hasn't been any batter than Kane or Grealish up front for sure.

I think Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Phillips and Rice have been no doubt better than him as well.

No chance he has been the best player for England. There is no rational argument that he has been better than the players mentioned above.
 
I have been watching the England games.

He hasn't been any batter than Kane or Grealish up front for sure.

I think Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Phillips and Rice have been no doubt better than him as well.

No chance he has been the best player for England. There is no rational argument that he has been better than the players mentioned above.

There is for anyone that has eyes. Without Sterling, England wouldn't be in the final.
 

Herclueless

Tier 1 - Trust me bro'
There's absolutely no evidence of that. Plus if you put De Bruyne in a poorer team his stats obviously wouldn't be as good. Doesn't that apply to just about anyone?
Most, if not all players' output would drop in a weaker side, De Bruyne and other elite players would still improve said weaker team though, and still impact the game.

Sterling wouldn't, the proof of that, as far as it can be proven, is that his sole output is tapping it in from 4 yards, he can barely kick the ball 12 yards, just like Lennon.

Doesn't take much thinking to deduce that such a player would be rendered useless in a team that wasn't creating sitters for him all the time.
 
I have been watching the England games.

He hasn't been any batter than Kane or Grealish up front for sure.

I think Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Phillips and Rice have been no doubt better than him as well.

No chance he has been the best player for England. There is no rational argument that he has been better than the players mentioned above.
I both think this is ridiculous and also think it's somewhat fair play to give the guys who have made this team so difficult to create chances against a lot of the credit. Even Pickford has been really good.

Southgate deserves a world of credit for making Phillips an ever-present alongside Rice. That took guts and has been pitch-perfect. I totally underappreciated Phillips before the tournament, what a player.

As an attacking force though, England have been built on Sterling's pace and aggression. That's what makes the rest of it go.
 

Fattynomates

Formerly Known As Fatty1mate
I have grown to Sterling in This tournament , Has scored some important goals, and saying he only scores tap ins makes Us sound like salty fans who say Kane only scores tap in, any way on his best day I still wouldn’t have him over Son.
 
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