Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has suggested in The Times that England international duo Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling should not be discouraged by their performances at the European Championship so far.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane and Manchester City attacker Sterling are two of the most important players in the current England squad.
However, the performances of the duo in the Three Lions’ first two games at the Euro 2016 finals in France have been far from impressive.
There is a chance that neither Kane nor Sterling would start for England in their final Group B game against Slovakia at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Monday.
Former United and Leeds centre-back Ferdinand has advised the duo to keep on believing in themselves.
“My advice to Kane and Sterling is yes, maybe it hasn’t gone to the scripts you’ve written in your heads, but you’re still going to get opportunities to come in and change things, just like Sturridge did, just like Vardy did,” Ferdinand wrote in The Times.
“It’s somebody else’s turn now but there will be chances and you might still have an important role to play in this tournament. They’ll bounce back.
"Kane’s a top player. It’s unfortunate that the way England played in the first game and a half didn’t help him. The support wasn’t great for him in terms of the runners that he likes.
"Sterling kept being given the ball with his back to the defender, but he needs to be wide and receive it where he can face his man."
Kane has created three chances in two matches for England at the ongoing European Championship in France.
The Tottenham striker has a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 25%, and has won five headers and three dribbles.
Sterling, who can play as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, has created two chances in two matches for England. The City attacker has a pass accuracy of 78%, and has won one header and five dribbles.