Raheem Sterling Could Captain England At Nations League

Gareth Southgate could be set to name Raheem Sterling as England captain for the Nations League semi final against Netherlands with Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson playing in the Champions League final days before.

The domestic football season is coming to a close pretty soon. The FA Cup final wasn't quite the final call but it was a reminder that soon enough we'll all be scrolling through the channels trying to find out who is showing the Copa America and African Cup of Nations.

Before we all decide we love cricket, we do anyway of course, and start supporting the women in their World Cup we've still got the play-offs next weekend and then there's two very English looking European finals to come.

After that it's the UEFA Nations League and a chance for England to win some silverware for the first time since 1997 but Spurs and Liverpool being in the Champions League could affect Gareth Southgate's team and their chances of winning.

The semi final against Netherlands is just four days after the Champions League final and that could mean the likes of captain Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson won't be available.

Speaking in a press conference yesterday Southgate revealed that the game in Madrid might force him to change his captain and he revealed it could be Raheem Sterling, saying:

"Raheem is in that leadership group now and he has fulfilled that brilliantly over the last 12 months in particular

"You can see his maturity now with what has happened to him on and off the pitch. I think he is realising that.

"He has risen to that challenge and embraced it and I wouldn't have any hesitation in making him captain if that was the right thing."

Sterling has been in excellent for for England. Image: PA Images
Sterling has been in excellent for for England. Image: PA Images

The low point of Sterling's career came for England at Euro 2016 and he was taken off at half time in the group game against Wales and questions were posed about his future at City, with Pep Guardiola about to come into the club.

Instead Pep has turned his career around and he's become one of City and England's best players an integral part of both team's relative success.

Sterling would obviously start the Nations League semi final and it would be a complete turn around if he were also to wear the armband.

There's still a chance that both Kane and Henderson could still play in the semi-final.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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