The England legend was on BBC Sport commentary duty as Man City star Sterling impressed for England in their latest Euro 2020 qualifier.
England legend Chris Waddle has given his verdict on Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling following his performance in the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifying 5-3 win over Kosovo at St Mary’s on Tuesday night (BBC Sport).
The 24-year-old got Gareth Southgate’s side level in the eighth minute with a header, getting them back on level terms after Valon Berisha’s early opener, and by half time the hosts had surged ahead of their opponents.
Sterling was devastating on the counter and helped Jadon Sancho claim a late first-half brace, while Harry Kane’s strike and Mergim Vojvoda’s own goal had England 5-1 up at half time, a lead they would not relinquish despite shipping two goals after the interval.
Waddle’s assessment of Sterling will come as music to the ears of Man City fans and England fans alike, suggesting that, as brilliant as he is right now, he has even more in him, and is yet to peak, while adding that he’s “on the conversation” for being in the top 10 footballers in the world right now.
When you see Raheem Sterling run with the ball at defenders, once he gets the other side of you you aren’t going to catch him,” Waddle told BBC Sport. “He used to scuff things or not hit it properly, he’s at a fantastic club and working with great footballers and he’s learned, not just from Pep Guardiola but the players he works with.
“The only way to play him is what we saw second half, it’s to double up and cut his service off. He needs to show at the Euros how good he is and then at the next World Cup. He hasn’t reached his peak yet. He’s on the rise very quickly. Would I put him in the top 10 in the world? I’d have to sit down and look at all the players but he’s on the conversation.”
Man City are back in Premier League action on Saturday evening as they travel to Carrow Road to lock horns with Norwich City.