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Sterling, 26, has been in fine form for England at Euro 2020 and added to his goalscoring tally in the Three Lions' huge last-16 clash on Tuesday.
The England international broke the deadlock against Germany in the second half after firing past Manuel Neuer from close range.
However, Sterling almost went from hero to zero minutes later when Kai Havertz pounced on his poor backpass.
Havertz immediately played through Germany teammate Muller, who surprisingly fired wide in a one-on-one with Jordan Pickford.
During Muller's run, Sterling had his hands on his head and watched on in horror as Germany could have pulled back an equaliser at Wembley.
But Sterling put his face in his hands after the Bayern Munich star missed the target before emotionally slumping to the pitch in relief.
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Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier was among the England players who ran over to the City winger.
The 30-year-old England international lifted Sterling to his feet and reassured him with a pat on the back and head, which included a soft push to his teammate.
Harry Kane broke his goalscoring drought and sealed a 2-0 win for England after connecting with Jack Grealish's cross and turning his diving header past Neuer.
Speaking after England's memorable win over Germany, Gareth Southgate praised Sterling for his "incredible resilience and hunger."
The 50-year-old England manager said: "He is a fighter. He has got an incredible resilience and hunger.
"He has developed over the last couple of years this real hunger to score, even in the games where the opportunities where the ball has flashed across the box earlier in the tournament, he has been in between the posts.
"He is finding himself in these areas and yes, his drive is fantastic, we know the journey he has been on with England and I am so happy for him to be able to deliver the performances he has.
"To deliver them at Wembley will have been really special for him and, as you said, the goals return is incredible.
"Absolutely incredible, really, but yes, please keep asking the questions because if we cannot motivate him everyone else will certainly be able to!"
England will now clash with Ukraine in the quarter-finals on 3rd July at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
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