Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho slams Raheem Sterling for England World Cup displays | Football | Sport
Sterling has come in for criticism at the World Cup for struggling in front of goal.
The Manchester City ace has scored just twice for England in 44 games, his last coming in October 2015.
And the Manchester United boss thinks other players would have been better options for Gareth Southgate’s side, on their run to the semi-finals.
Mourinho speaking as a pundit for Russia Today said: “He didn’t have a good enough World Cup to be chosen for a match ahead of [Jamie] Vardy, [Danny] Welbeck, [Marcus] Rashford – people with probably better condition from a physical and psychological point of view.”
Mourinho’s comments come after England lost 2-0 to Belgium and finished fourth in Russia.
Sterling was tasked with breaking lines for Southgate and being the middle man to link Harry Kane with the midfield.
He was the player to drop deep to collect the ball and also the player to go long when England’s midfield was outnumbered.
But he failed to get on the scoresheet in six appearances.
He had 10 attempts, six of which were blocked and only got one on target.
And the United boss also thought Southgate made a mistake in goal by not giving Jack Butland or Nick Pope a game in the playoff.
He added: “I think also for a second goalkeeper to feel I didn’t even play in the third match of the group phase, I’m not playing in the third vs fourth match, when can I play.
“I think it’s quite frustrating for a guy like Butland or Pope.”