The Manchester City man has come in for stern criticism this summer after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign with England.
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.
Lineker though believes that he is not the man to blame for England’s poor showing and the critics should get off his case.
Some nasty, personal attacks in parts of the media towards @sterling7 . Not at his best but hardly his fault England lost. Get off his case.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2016
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.