Brendan Rodgers backs Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling for World Cup success

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic celebrates following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers worked with Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling at Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool shakes hands with Raheem Sterling of Liverpool after defeat in a penalty shoot out during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Manchester City star Raheem Sterling to have a successful World Cup with England, as quoted in The Glasgow Evening Times.

Rodgers worked with Sterling at Liverpool, and the Celtic boss has backed the 23-year-old, who can operate as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, to succeed for the Three Lions in Russia this summer.

The former Liverpool and Swansea City manager has also praised the development of Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool talks to Raheem Sterling of Liverpool during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel 1893 at Anfield on December...

Rodgers told The Glasgow Evening Times: “I think Raheem Sterling can have a great World Cup. He has had big experiences now as a young player and he is really developing and improving his game. If he gets the opportunity he can have a successful tournament.”

Brendan Rodgers (R) the manager of Liverpool chats with Raheem Sterling after his side's 6-3 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at the...

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Sterling is one of the best attacking players in Europe, and his performances for City this past season were hugely encouraging.

The former Liverpool star scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists in 29 Premier League starts for Pep Guardiola’s side in 2017-18.

The 23-year-old will be a key player for England at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia this summer.

Sterling was on the books of Liverpool from 2010 until 2015, and Rodgers was a key figure in his development.

The City star has taken his game to a whole new level under Guardiola, and given that he is only 23 years of age, he can only improve in the coming years.

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