For a split second last night, England had taken the lead against Italy in their opening game of the World Cup. Or so the England supporters, and even the BBC, believed.
When Liverpool‘s Raheem Sterling unleashed a thunderous piledriver inside the first five minutes, which looked for all the world as though it had flown exquisitely into the top corner of the net, bars and homes erupted throughout England as the country’s fanbase believed that they had just witnessed the goal of the tournament, and the making of the young man.
Take a look at just some of those who were fooled by the camera work.
Raheem Sterling Shot. I thought it was in. https://t.co/tUncTxVFoZ
— Troll Football (@Troll__Football) June 14, 2014
— Chris Hudson (@ChrisHudson76) June 14, 2014
Did anyone else jump around like crazy when Raheem Sterling’s shot hit the side netting last night? I thought it was in
— Ben Courtney (@BenCourtney_) June 15, 2014
Hands up if you went mental when @sterling31 shot hit the side netting and you thought it was in! ✋
— Dan Wood (@danjaydubya) June 15, 2014
BREAKING: All England fans looking back at the TV having celebrated Raheem Sterling’s shot. pic.twitter.com/7fFjHUMWNo
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 14, 2014
I’m still convinced that Raheem Sterling’s shot went in last night
— Max Thompson (@MaxxThompson) June 15, 2014
Sterling put in arguably England’s best performance on the night, and despite coming away empty-handed, the reaction to the team’s efforts have been overwhelmingly positive. If the youngster continues to put on displays equivalent to that against Italy, England shouldn’t have to worry.