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Exclusive: Steve Howey has backed Raheem Sterling to find best form

Former Manchester City defender Steve Howey has exclusively told Football FanCast that he doesn’t have any concerns over Raheem Sterling’s form.

The England forward has still managed 25 goal contributions in all competitions this season, with only Ilkay Gundogan (16) scoring more than his 14.

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But Sterling has found himself on the bench often in recent weeks and played just 10 minutes combined across City’s Champions League ties against both Borussia Dortmund and PSG, with Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden preferred in the attacking roles.

Sterling opened the scoring in the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, but has netted just twice in 16 appearances, which has seen him slip down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola.

Despite his struggles, it could still prove a big summer for the 26-year-old, who’ll be hoping for Champions League glory with City and then European Championship success with England.

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And when speaking to Football FanCast, Howey backed Sterling to return to his best:

“I’m not too sure he’s fallen out of favour. I think Pep has come out and said that, like all players, you have a dip in form.

“It will be interesting to see what Gareth does with the Euros. Raheem is a very, very good player, but I still feel like his end product can be better, whether that’s chances or final ball.

“I’m not worried about him because he’s a very good player, but he’s probably not on the best of form. But you see him sometimes and he can be unplayable.”

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