What Joey Barton Said About Raheem Sterling During Euro 2016
Raheem Sterling has come a long way since the European Championships in 2016.
And Joey Barton's words on the Manchester City starlet in 2016 only echo that sentiment.
Guardiola in-game coaches Sterling. Image: PA
Sterling, 22, is enjoying a rich vain of form for City this season. He's already weighed in with 10 goals in all competitions, not to mention creating two in the Premier League.
He's repaying the faith shown by Pep Guardiola which included the Spaniard reaching out to Sterling following England's abysmal showing in France.
Sterling celebrates scoring in the Premier League and Champions League. Images: PA
Guardiola reassured his spot among the City squad while rejecting Arsenal's advances.
Sterling became a scapegoat for England's nightmare Euro's with Barton claiming he hasn't been coached well enough.
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"Raheem Sterling has been poor for two years now," Barton told Mirror.
Sterling in action for England against Iceland. Image: PA
Barton added: "Unfortunately, he has not been coached well enough. If you take away his pace, he is really weak, very limited technically.
"With his final ball, he is imprecise or clumsy. Without his pace, would he be a professional? If he weren't so quick, he would not be apt to do the job. And to think he cost £50m!
"I am really perplexed to see him in the national team after the season he has had. With France, Germany, Belgium or Spain, he would never be picked.
Sterling during England's World Cup qualifier versus Slovenia. Image: PA
Guardiola has nurtured the young English talent since arriving in Manchester, improving the player by polishing his rough edges with the results clear to see.
Sterling will be looking to add to his seven league goals when City entertain Arsenal on Sunday.
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