England captain Steven Gerrard believes that his Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling will go to the World Cup if his continues to play at his current level.

The 19-year-old winger has been performing well since forcing his way into the Reds’ first-team over Christmas, forming a deadly triumvirate with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Although the two goal-getters receive much of the praise, Sterling has been a key factor in Liverpool’s potential title push, netting vital goals – including a double in the 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal – along the way.

Gerrard believes that England boss Roy Hodgson is paying close attention to the teenage ace, and that if he maintains his form, could well be in the 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament this summer:

“He has been in great form over the last couple of months and I’m sure Roy Hodgson is watching him very closely,” he is quoted by The Mirror.

“His form of late has been sensational and if he continues that until the end of the season, we will see him at the World Cup.

“Now he just has to get that consistency in his game. If he gets that consistency, he is going to be a frightening talent.”

Although at 5ft. 7” Sterling is by no means a giant, Gerrard singled out his power and physicality for special praise:

“He is the toughest in our squad, I don’t go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner!

“He just needs to keep learning and listening to Brendan Rodgers and the experienced players in the dressing room and believing in himself. If he does that, he’ll be all right.”

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