sport news JAMIE REDKNAPP: Pep Guardiola has given England a perfect No 10 in Raheem ...

For years now, I have bemoaned the lack of English No 10s coming through the ranks.

You look at Spain and the names trip off the tongue: Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Isco, David Silva. There is a conveyor belt of Spanish creative geniuses.

In Raheem Sterling, however, England may finally have the closest thing to a master manipulator on the ball.

Raheem Sterling has become the perfect No 10 for England after a fantastic season

Raheem Sterling has become the perfect No 10 for England after a fantastic season

Sterling starts wide on the right for Manchester City but in England's friendlies last week he was the perfect 10.

He oozed class as he strolled around the Wembley turf against — linking the play, putting people through, driving England forwards. International football is often tense and cagey but Sterling allowed England to breathe in possession.

Had Pep Guardiola not come into his life, I do not believe any of this would have happened.

Last season, Sterling was simply a good player. He was in and out of the team and did not know his best

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