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City slicker Sterling ready for star role with England

Now Sterling, who has 20 goals for City this season, hopes to find his scoring form with England after a long international drought.

His next opportunity comes on Tuesday when England face Italy in a friendly at Wembley.

“It’s because the gaffer takes me off!” he joked of his barren run.

“It’s a different environment, but I should be scoring for England.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. It was the same with City and then there was a turn around.

“I do have a feeling its going to come soon.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has noticed the change in Sterling over the last year and he believes the player deserves as much credit as Guardiola for the transformation.

“I can see the confidence in him. That’s where Raheem has to take credit, if a player isn’t willing then all those messages from the manager are wasted,” Southgate said.

“You can see the positions he has taken up, his belief in front of goal.

“He’s scored more goals in training this week than I’ve ever seen. He’s thinking about the type of shot more, not snatching at things.”

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