Prior to his match-winning move in England’s 1-0 Euro 2020 triumph over Croatia, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling believed it was necessary to “shut the outside world off.”

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After 57 minutes at Wembley, the 26 year old  English striker Sterling was sent in for the game’s only goal, thanks to some fantastic play by Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

After losing his spot as an automatic starter for Pep Guardiola, the 26-year-club old’s future has been the subject of rising conjecture, and talks to extend his contract at the Etihad Stadium, which expires in 2023, have made littl pi

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Sterling had also gone without a goal in his previous 12 appearances for his country in major tournaments, but he now has 13 in his last 17 games for the Three Lions.

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Addressing pressmen Raheem Sterling says: “To be honest with you, I think one of the things you learn playing football and being in important events for a long time now is understanding when to filter noise out,” he said after being voted UEFA’s Star of the Match.

“I’ve blocked out the outside world and tried to focus solely on coming into this tournament with a clear head, fully focused on helping my team, and that’s the most important thing.”

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“I haven’t tried to listen to any outside noise – I’m focused on myself, I know what I’m doing.”

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