After coming into the Nations League games last week with some hope and expectation, England ultimately had to settle for a third-placed finish in the competition.
Gareth Southgate’s side were made to pay for their mistakes against the Netherlands in the semi-final, before salvaging some sense of pride with a fine penalty shoot-out win against Switzerland on Sunday.
Having officially now ended their season, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling took to Instagram to admit his disappointment at the Three Lions not being involved in the final of the tournament, but insisted that he would look to rest up, before ‘going again’ for pre-season.
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final point of this season on a positive note. Not the outcome we were hoping for but still we can be proud of the course and our dedication to it. Time to put my foot up, rest and go again for the preseason. Have good holidays my people be blessed ??
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The 24-year-old had a game to forget against Switzerland, spurning several opportunities in front of goal; a stark contrast to his lethal scoring form this season under Pep Guardiola.
In 51 games across all competitions, Sterling struck the back of the net an incredible 25 times, and provided a further 18 assists too. Having won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, the England international will fancy himself to kick on again next season, as City look to claim a hat-trick of Premier League crowns.
With the European Championship coming up at the end of the following season, Sterling will surely be one of the main men the country relies on to fire them to glory.