England fans celebrate goals and final whistle as they beat Germany 2-0
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England star Raheem Sterling is undroppable after his fine showing against Germany on Tuesday, Andros Townsend believes. The Three Lions went into the match looking to boost their chances of Euro 2020 glory. And they did just that, blitzing their old rivals to make the quarter-finals.
England were too hot for Germany to handle on Tuesday night.
The Three Lions took the lead in the 75th minute through Sterling, with the Manchester City star prodding home from close range after good work from Luke Shaw.
And Harry Kane then added a second late on, expertly heading home after an accurate cross from Jack Grealish.
England fans are now daring to dream of European Championships glory, believing football may finally be coming home after 55 years of hurt.
And Townsend, speaking on talkSPORT, believes Sterling is simply undroppable on current form.
“He’s taken a lot of stick, especially on social media and from the press as well,” he said.
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“As a player, as much as you want to ignore it, it’s impossible to. He will be going on that pitch with massive amounts of pressure.
“If he did fail and if he did lose the ball, all those people will be on him.
“To react the way he has, to score three goals and cement his place in the team, people don’t realise how difficult that is.
“Hats off to Raheem Sterling and he is undroppable and I’m so happy for him.
“Even after he scored the two goals, I was saying on social media he is undroppable. People were saying ‘what else has he done, he’s only scored’.
“That’s the hardest part in football, nobody else had done it.”
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Fellow talkSPORT host Simon Jordan also hailed Sterling, though insisted the City star wasn’t ‘world class’.
“I’ve had a nibble at Sterling because I won’t have Trevor Sinclair’s ridiculous hyperbole that he’s world class because I’m not seeing anything world class from him,” Jordan said.
“He’s miles off. I know people are going to turn around and say, ‘if you think Kylian Mbappe’s world class, he’s the player who put France out of the tournament’.
“No, he didn’t, the whole team put themselves out of the tournament.
“He missed a penalty, that can happen to any good player. Lionel Messi has missed penalties.
“But by the same token, you have to give credit where credit’s due, Raheem Sterling has stepped up on an international level and scored three goals and that’s what wins games.
“But let’s get context, let’s not call really good players ‘crap’ because they have a bad game and let’s call average players ‘superb’ when they have a good game.
“I just think it’s balance. I want the fans to be excited and exhilarated because that’s what provides sport with the emotivity that drives it and we’ve missed for the last 15 months. But we should also keep some context.”
England boss Southgate, meanwhile, hailed his side as ‘immense’ after the win.
“The players were immense, right the way through the team,” said the 50-year-old.
“The fans in the stadium were also incredible.
“I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!
“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.
“It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.
“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have a feeling round the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing now, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on.
“The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.
“To see the second goal in was a really special moment. But we’ve not achieved what we want to achieve yet. We can look back on a day like today in the future, but I want to get my focus right and look ahead to Saturday.”
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