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DANNY MURPHY: Raheem Sterling was a worthy match-winner as his fitness levels stood out for England... the Manchester City star is the perfect role model for Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden

By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:12 BST, 5 September 2020 | Updated: 01:08 BST, 6 September 2020

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Raheem Sterling was a fitting match-winner on Saturday. When England's levels dropped in the second half, understandably as it's so early in the season, he was the player whose fitness stood out.

He was the one individual always probing and trying to make things happen as Iceland continued to sit back and frustrate. And when the penalty opportunity finally came with Harry Kane off the pitch, it was no surprise he comfortably rolled it in.

In terms of how to develop a career and take responsibility on the pitch during games. Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden won't have a better example to follow than Sterling, who they will both know anyway from Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling was a fitting match-winner for England as his fitness levels stood out

Raheem Sterling was a fitting match-winner for England as his fitness levels stood out

Sterling's stoppage time penalty earned England a cagey 1-0 victory over Iceland on Saturday

Sterling's stoppage time penalty earned England a cagey 1-0 victory over Iceland on Saturday

Sterling was a superstar at a young age, not many play for Liverpool and England at 17, and has had to overcome periods when things haven't gone smoothly.

He's still only 25, with well over 50 caps, and looks and plays like someone at peace with themselves. When others lost sharpness in the second half, he didn't drop. He looked fresh as a daisy.

Sancho and Foden have big futures if they can continue to develop and improve as Sterling has done.

Jadon Sancho (pictured) and Phil Foden won’t have a better example to follow than Sterling

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