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Jose Mourinho slams Raheem Sterling for England World Cup displays


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised Raheem Sterling's World Cup performances for England, saying he was not 'good enough' to be selected for the third-place play-off.

Mourinho, acting as a pundit for Russian television network RT, claimed the forward, who plays for rivals Manchester City, should have been usurped by any one of Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy or Danny Welbeck in the team against Belgium.

Sterling started six games for England, who finished fourth in Russia, but failed to score throughout the tournament.

And Mourinho was unimpressed with the City star's performances on the biggest stage, suggesting he was worn down mentally and physically.

Mourinho told RT: 'He didn't have a good enough World Cup to be chosen for a match ahead of Vardy, Welbeck, Rashford – people with probably better condition from a physical and psychological point of view.'

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Sterling was replaced by United striker Rashford at the start of the second half as England went on to lose 2-0 to Belgium on Saturday, with the goals coming from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard.

Former Liverpool forward Sterling has failed to score for England since October 2015. He now has just two goals in 44 caps.

The 23-year-old claimed 23 goals and 17 assists for City in all competitions last season but the title-winning campaign appeared to have taken its toll on him.

Mourinho also appeared to criticise Gareth Southgate's goalkeeping selection on Saturday afternoon, claiming Jack Butland or Nick Pope should have been given a game instead of Jordan Pickford.

The Portuguese added: 'I think also for a second goalkeeper to feel I didn't even play in the third match of the group phase, I'm not playing in the third vs fourth match, when can I play.

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'I think it's quite frustrating for a guy like Butland or Pope.'

Culled from Daily Mail

My view: I agree with Jose Mourinho, but he's attacking the wrong person, he should attack Gareth Southgate, beacuse it was his decision to pick Raheem Sterling over the players Mourinho mentioned. Mourinho should also ask himself why Paul Pogba is a different and much better player when he plays for his country. England lacked a creative midfielder, it'll be difficult for the squad to win a major tournament without a creative midfielder.