Sterling staying grounded
The forward followed up his winning goals against Croatia and Czech Republic by converting Luke Shaw’s 75th-minute cross to open the scoring at Wembley Stadium.
Harry Kane wrapped things up four minutes from time, leaving Sterling delighted – although he was keen to highlight the quick turnaround before Saturday’s quarter-final in Rome.
“We knew we needed to put in a big performance in against a very good side and we did that today,” said the Manchester City man.
“Doing it for your country will always be special and it’s definitely a special moment for me. I celebrated and for half a second I thought ‘let it not be offside’! I was really happy it went in and really happy we got the win.
“We know the intensity we can play at and that not a lot of teams can deal with it. We kept going and it was a great team performance.
“We take it game by game. We take it away, recover and get focused on the next one.”
The Three Lions squad headed back to their base at St. George's Park after the game, to resume preparations for their trip to Rome for Saturday's quarter final.
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