Gary Lineker takes to Twitter to defend Raheem Sterling

Gary Lineker

The Manchester City star has come in for stern criticism following his disappointing displays for England.

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker has taken to social networking site Twitter to back struggling star Raheem Sterling.

The Manchester City man has come in for stern criticism this summer after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign with England.

England's Raheem Sterling reacts after missing a chance to score

The criticism reached new heights on Monday evening as he was named in the starting line-up for the last 16 clash with Iceland and put in another disappointing performance.

He was not the worst performer for the Three Lions in that game, but another bad display from him did not help to get the critics off his back.

England's Raheem Sterling in action

Lineker though believes that he is not the man to blame for England’s poor showing and the critics should get off his case.

It now remains to be seen if Sterling can bounce back from a disappointing summer, and indeed disappointing first year at City, under new manager Pep Guardiola.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has seemingly put his faith in him, with the Daily Mail reporting he has personally called the youngster to offer his backing.

If he continues to struggle next season though, it will be interesting to see how long Guardiola will stick by his man.

Bayern Munich coach Josep Guardiola

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