England marched through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Tuesday with a strong and convincing 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s side had some convincing to do after a tepid group stage but with a stubborn defensive and clinical attacking front line, England overcame their guests to claim a famous victory.
In a rigid, defensive system that offered very little in attack, the Man City forward was the spark of inspiration that proved to be a constant threat in the final third and, ultimately, the difference between the two sides.
After starting a move in the 75th minute with a pass to Harry Kane, Sterling then darted through the German defence and squeezed into the six-yard box to tap in the eventual cross. A tremendous move and fitting winner for a dull match.
He first burst into action in the 75th minute when his hold up play and pass to Luke Shaw set up Sterling for the first goal. A second came 11 minutes later when the Manchester United full-back swung in another cross and found the Tottenham Hotspur striker with a diving header.
Kane may not have been at his very best for England on Tuesday but his movement and passing on the ball was necessary for Southgate’s side to win the game.