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Sterling ‘had his best game in an England shirt’ – Murphy

Raheem Sterling “had his best game in an England shirt” against Colombia, according to Danny Murphy.

Sterling started and played 88 minutes of England’s World Cup last-16 tie against Colombia on Tuesday.

The Manchester City forward fared relatively well in our player ratings, and was substituted with England leading 1-0.

Colombia equalised shortly thereafter to force the game into extra-time and then penalties, with England eventually succeeding.

Murphy, who was on commentary duty for the BBC for the game, reserved plenty of praise for a “superb” Sterling display.

“I thought Raheem Sterling had his best game in an England shirt against Colombia,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“He was trying to get on the ball, he was strong and he was making runs in behind. Yes, he did not score but actually his all-round game was as good as I have seen.

“He looked sharp, hungry and was a real threat. I have criticised him but his performance was superb.

“I thought Jesse Lingard was excellent again and Harry Kane’s mentality to continually take penalties is superb. There were some good performances from our lads, we just did not have that killer instinct in the parts of the game when we were on top. ”


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