Ian Wright has a message for Raheem Sterling following World Cup criticism

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Dier, while speaking at a press conference ahead of England versus Croatia match on Wednesday, said Sterling has been "incredible" before and now.

Goalless for England since October 2015, Raheem Sterling doesn't fit anybody's definition for a second striker, especially when England have the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Jamie Vardy in their squad - all of whom have contributed more goals than the Manchester City forward.

Sterling has had opportunities to score in Russian Federation, one of which came during the second half of their quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday.

It is something which has been a key point of the manager's success so far and he is keen for his players to embrace the magnitude of a World Cup semi-final.

Twice in the closing minutes of the first half, his pace took him behind the Swedish defence with just the goalkeeper to beat and twice he let Sweden off the hook, seeming to lack the clinical finish that might be expected from Harry Kane. Power, positioning and precision - three traits seem to define any striker of calibre according to European sports media, but Sterling is neither of those and still offers much more than just those three traits - probably why the Englishman is often on the receiving end of relentless, jarring criticism.

"Until football is finished I will try and stay in as much as I can, watch TV and no one can say nothing".

"And the most magnificent thing is he is 23 years old, so he is still focused, keeping the desire to get better, as a player".

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"The last semi-final I was involved in there were a lot of similarities in terms of the camaraderie of the group, the commitment of the guys who haven't played, the desire to play a possession-based game and the tactical understanding that the players have shown on the field".

Sterling endured vitriolic abuse after a series of tame performances at Euro 2016, and he was widely criticised again ahead of the World Cup for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.

Eric Dier believes there should be no debate about the displays Sterling has put in.

"Raheem's attitude is fantastic, his work ethic is fantastic as well".

And this could benefit England if Sterling makes the most of the space presented to him.

"Every player wants to win the World Cup, every country wants to win the World Cup, so anything less than that is not really a bonus".

And former England captain Beckham has now made a decision to weigh in after taking a screenshot of Neville's comments.

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