Despite impressing for England in Euro 2020 so far, Raheem Sterling has found opportunities to impress harder to come by at Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling has admitted his game time at Manchester City last season has left him disappointed.
The 26-year-old found himself in unfamiliar territory as Pep Guardiola made frequent rotations to his squad in 2020/21. The Citizens boss benched him for important games, including all four of the club’s Champions League quarter-final and semi-final ties.
Sterling’s stats, as a result, suffered a slight dip as he failed to hit the 20-goal mark across all competitions for the first time since the 2016/17 campaign.
The former Liverpool man, however, has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in Euro 2020. He has started both of England’s games and scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 opening day win over Croatia.
“It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team, said Sterling as quoted on Sky Sports.
“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy. That’s me, that’s been me since I was a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”
Despite Sterling starting in the Champions League and EFL Cup finals, doubts still linger over his future. Reports have even linked him with a move to Barcelona in the summer.
The City winger is set to return to action in England’s Group D finale against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.