The 19 year old claims the 2010 World Cup is the only one he can properly remember – sitting on his sofa watching his heroes before going out into the garden to try and imitate what they were doing.
Sterling has been in fine form for Liverpool this season and is expected to play a major role for England in Brazil this summer as the squad meet up this week.
The former QPR man admits he has only heard about the likes of Michael Owen’s debut World Cup and would love to be put in that bracket.
“The first World Cup I fully remember was the last one, when Steve Gerrard scored early in the first game against the United States,” Sterling said.
“I was sitting on my sofa, eating pizza, then went out for a little kickabout at half-time to try to imitate these boys like Steve.
“I’ve heard about what Michael Owen did in 98, but I’m not going to put myself under pressure and say I’m going to do what he did.
“I’m just going to work hard for the team.”