Steven Gerrard compares pressure on Raheem Sterling to that of Wayne Rooney

Steven Gerrard believes that the English press should get off Raheem Sterling's back.

As Wayne Rooney made his 100th cap for England yesterday it is clear the captain is now one of the elder statesmen in this current England team.

For the young players such as Ross Barkley, Calum Chambers and Raheem Sterling, Rooney is the one to idolise.

Before there were plenty of older players to be there for the youngsters. But with the retirement of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard, the responsibility is more on Rooney than ever.

So what does one of those think of Rooney making his 100th cap, and the future of the current young lot.

Steven Gerrard was speaking to ITV yesterday as part of their coverage of England's 3-1 win against Slovenia. He sees plenty of similarities between Rooney and his club mate at Liverpool Sterling.

In particular when it comes to criticism and early pressure.

Gerrard said:

“Maybe our country is guilty of putting too much pressure and spotlight on one individual.

"You start to see similar things now with Raheem Sterling. It is his own fault for being so good.

"It is only normal he is getting all the attention. Wayne has had it for years but he has handled it well.

"It has always been the way. The media and punters try to grasp on to that one hero and hope he is going to be the person who makes everyone happy at a major tournament."

Indeed Sterling is getting more attention than ever at the moment, as he suffers perhaps the first dip in his form since he made it into the Liverpool first-team.

But Gerrard believes the Liverpool player he once said would become 'the best player in the country' deserved to be cut a little slack.

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