David Beckham Defends England's Raheem Sterling After Criticism

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Sterling has yet to score at this World Cup and a BBC fans' poll has rated him the worst England player in each of the four games in which he has appeared.

Former Manchester United and England defender Neville feels that the criticism is unwarranted and believes that some of the comments he saw on Twitter at half-time during England's 2-0 win over Sweden were completely uncalled for.

Somewhat unfairly, Sterling has been on the wrong end of criticism from some over his performances at the World Cup, where he is yet to score - despite finding the net 23 times for Manchester City last season.

The 51-year-old coach, who has only been in charge of the national side since October, said: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".

Amid the joyous celebrations that have greeted England's run to the semi-finals in Russia, Sterling seems to be acting as a lightning rod - the one player whose contribution splits opinion.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is really fast and his combination with Harry Kane is really risky".

But others realise Sterling's importance to the England team, his movement and pace causing problems to the opposition.

"After the Iceland game, we knew that things needed to change", he said.

"If we were to send England on holiday, too, it would be great because England has one of the best leagues in the world, if not the best".

"We as a country are united behind the team".

It starts with Luka Modric in midfield, who is in contention to win the Golden Ball award.

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