Two chances created as Liverpool's teenage sensation continues sparkling form

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling continued to prove his star quality in England's 2-0 victory over Switzerland.

Danny Welbeck may have taken the plaudits in England's latest European qualifying victory, but it was Liverpool's Raheem Sterling who proved the key to unlocking the Switzerland defence. 

The 19-year-old is quickly becoming the Three Lion's most important player and his efforts in this tie will only provide further evidence to support his claim. 

Familiar Role

Roy Hodgson's decision to switch his formation paid off, and with Sterling the centre-piece of the Three Lions attacking trio, it was only a matter of time before England found the back of the net.

Playing at the top of a midfield diamond - the role he grew accustomed to under Brendan Rodgers last season - he provided pace and strength in abundance, imposing tremendous problems upon the Swiss back-four. 

England vs. Switzerland - Football tactics and formations

This formation was aimed at getting him on the ball as often as possible. With Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck pushing wide to quash any threat on the flanks, Sterling was given free reign to utilise the space created in the centre of the park. 


His role in England's counter attacks proved particularly influential. The youngster drove his side forward in the transition, carrying the ball halfway up the pitch at time. He played a part in both of the evening's goals; first setting up Danny Welbeck's for his opener just before the hour, before providing the pre-assist in the build up to his late second.

Whenever the ball fell to the Liverpool man's feet, England looked instantly dangerous. He proved his ability to glide past his opponents, completing three dribbles, whilst laying on two key passes for him team-mates. He also drew three fouls.

The 19-year-old's knack for creating space is unrivalled by the manager's alternative attacking options. 

Missed opportunities

Although he probably should have scored on several occasions last night - he had two attempts on goal, both of which were off target - Sterling will receive few criticisms of his performance. Based on his efforts , it's unlikely to be long before he notches his first goal in an England shirt.

Having been dispossessed on six occasions, he also proved responsible for losing the ball more often than any of his team-mates. However, it's hard to fault his eagerness to take on the opposition, considering this is the attacking ingenuity Hodgson's side have lacked for some time now.

Already, so much seems to rest on the Liverpool youngster, yet he coped with the enormous pressure in spectacular fashion. He proved he has exactly what it takes to keep England ticking over.

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