Gary Neville labels criticism of Raheem Sterling ‘disgusting’

Raheem Sterling missed two clear-cut opportunity against Sweden (Picture : Reuters)

Gary Neville blasted England fans for their criticism of Raheem Sterling, calling the reaction to his performance against Sweden ‘disgusting’.

Sterling helped the Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia on Saturday, the first time since Italia 90 an England side have reached the last four of the tournament.

Supporters have been frustrated by Sterling’s finishing in Russia, but the attacker has kept his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad through-out.

And Neville believes the criticism is not only unfair, but ignores all the good work Sterling does for the team.

‘The actual treatment at half-time of [Sterling] across social media was absolutely disgusting, and isn’t representative of the performance he put in,’ Neville said on ITV.

‘To run in-behind (Andreas) Granqvist all that time, he kept getting in and getting in.

Sterling’s finishing incensed England supporters (Picture: AFP)
(Picture: AP)

‘OK, we didn’t have the cherry on the cake, the goal, where all of a sudden you’re a hero, but it was a brilliant performance.’

Sterling came into the tournament the focus of intense media speculation after getting a tattoo of a gun on his leg.

The tattoo was a tribute to Sterling’s father who was shot dead when he was just a toddler.

(Picture: Reuters)
(Picture: Reuters)

England and Sterling move into the last four of the World Cup, and take on Croatia on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

Belgium and France make up the other semi-final, and it is still possible a side who has never won a World Cup could lift the trophy this summer.

England last won a World Cup in 1966 and have not won a major international tournament since then.

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