Jose Mourinho has criticised Raheem Sterlings performances for England at the World Cup and believes he should have been dropped for the third-place play-off.
Sterling started six matches in Russia, only missing the final group game against Belgium, though failed to score – extending a barren run for his nation that has last since the back end of 2015 – and registered just a single assist.
The Manchester City star has faced plenty of criticism for his underwhelming displays, and Mourinho was equally unimpressed with his World Cup campaign.
A little bit surprising for me is Sterling in the team because he did not have a good World Cup, said the Manchester United manager when discussing Englands line-up on Russia Today prior to Belgiums 2-0 win on Saturday.
He continued: He didnt have a good enough World Cup to be chosen for a match in front of [Jamie] Vardy, [Danny] Welbeck and [Marcus] Rashford – people with probably better conditions from a physical and psychological point of view to start the game.
Sterling was hauled off at half-time against Belgium and England noticeably improved in the second half, with Mourinho feeling that replacement Rashford brought something fresh to the attack.
They made changes that improved the team. The team was more dynamic in the second half. Some good chances. [Eric] Dier arriving in that position. Hes a No.6, a defensive midfielder, to arrive in that position is an extra thing.[John] Stones, [Harry] Maguire coming with the ball into midfield and giving some freedom to other players.
Rashford – I dont say quality because he didnt have many quality situations – but his happiness, his youth, his movement, gave a good dynamic to the team too. England was better in the second half.
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