Daniel Sturridge defends under-fire Raheem Sterling

England's Raheem Sterling

The 26-year-old says his former Liverpool team-mate has received too much abuse.

England's Daniel Sturridge

Quoted by The Mail, Daniel Sturridge has reminded Raheem Sterling's critics that the under-fire England winger is among the world's finest footballers.

The 21-year-old has come under scrutiny for a series of seemingly sub-par performances at Euro 2016 so far.

England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal

It was reported by The Guardian that England's coaching staff had grown concerned for the former Liverpool man's mentality following a barrage of criticism on social media and from England fans in the stadiums themselves.

One supporter has even set up JustGiving page to finance a plane ticket home for the Manchester City man, who left Liverpool for £49 million last summer.

Of course, Sturridge played alongside Sterling on Merseyside once upon a time, and the 26-year-old believes people have lost sight over how good the jet-heeled winger is.

England's Raheem Sterling

"People have to understand he is one of the most talented players in the world, not just the country, and just let him continue and he will come good. That is fact, as he has the ability," he said via The Mail.

"It's been a bit harsh in terms of the crticism. He hasn't performed as badly as people have made out.

"When you look around the world I don't think you can name many players who, at 21, have done as many things and played in so many games as Raheem has."

Sterling is indeed one of the most talented players around, but things have not been going great for him since his mega-money switch to Eastlands and his England woes are a mere extension of his Manchester City problems.

But he is hugely talented and if England are to do anything substantial in France, Sterling might have a role to play in that.

England's Raheem Sterling in action

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