Raheem Sterling ‘not happy’ after losing Man City starting role

Sterling struggled to find his best form as Pep Guardiola‘s cantered to the Premier League title in the second half of the season, although the winger still finished the campaign with 14 goals and started the Champions League Final defeat to Chelsea.

The 26-year-old has two years remaining on his contract at City and is reportedly set to begin talks over an extended deal after the European Championship with England.

Sterling began the tournament with the winning goal in England’s victory over Croatia, suggesting he has not carried over his subdued club form to the national team.

Asked what has changed, Sterling said: “It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team.

“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy,” he added. “That’s me, that’s been me since a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”

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Sterling has been linked with being a makeweight in a potential City move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, although Spurs could not afford his wages, while Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in bringing him back to London.

In common with his team-mates, Sterling failed to make a significant impact in England’s goalless draw with Scotland on Friday night, which was met with boos at full-time by a minority of England fans at Wembley.

The most-capped player in England’s squad believes there has been an “overreaction” to the result from outside the camp and urged his young teammates to ignore the “noise” from the media and pundits.

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“I do feel there’s a bit of an overreaction on the whole,” Sterling said. “I just feel there’s more of a panic on the outside than inside the building. At the same the players who have been at a few tournaments, who have huge experience, try to help the other ones.

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