BBC pundit critical of England's Raheem Sterling; cites poor decision making

England's Raheem Sterling

England drew 1-1 with Russia in their first match of Euro 2016.

England's Raheem Sterling

Former player Chris Waddle was critical of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as he put in a wasteful performance during England’s opening 1-1 Euro 2016 draw with Russia, the BBC report.

Roy Hodgson’s men dominated proceedings in Marseille, missing a number of good chances before holding midfielder Eric Dier finally put the Three Lions ahead with a superb free-kick.

However, a last-gasp looping header from Vasili Berezutski rescued a draw for the Russians, and once again England were denied a victory in their first match of a European Championship.

There were plenty of positives to take from England’s general display, yet on the flip side there are obvious question marks over their lack of end product and in particular from winger Sterling.

England's Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling during training

The City ace found himself in great positions throughout but his final ball was poor, prompting Waddle to remark on his distribution and decision-making at key times.

“Raheem Sterling started quite brightly, but as the game has gone on he has given the ball away, made wrong decisions and I just think he's run out of steam,” Waddle told the BBC.

Sterling will be under pressure to make an impact in France, with new City manager Pep Guardiola sure to be watching over his players and monitoring their progress throughout.

Guardiola is well documented in his preference of possession-based football and intelligent movement off the ball, and it will be up to Sterling to prove he is more than just an instinctive winger with blistering pace.

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