Raheem Sterling, sometimes through no fault of his own, has been a major talking point at the World Cup.
Sustained tabloid criticism prior to the tournament led to public rows over the coverage of the Englishman, and his appearance at the World Cup has been heavily scrutinised as a result.
While he was unable to score with a lack of clinical edge in the final third and some poor decision making despite starting six games, the Manchester City star was undoubtedly a thorn in many an opponent’s side.
His work and ability both on and off the ball meant that he was a constant presence in England’s attack, gaining widespread praise at home. This was something which was highlighted once he was brought off against Croatia and replaced by Marcus Rashford, who was unable to contribute to a similar degree.
Many fans disagreed though, and the 23-year-old routinely finished bottom of the BBC’s player rating poll.
Now Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has gone in on the forward in his punditry work for Russia Today.
He admitted his ‘surprise’ at seeing Sterling’s name in the team for the third place playoff loss against Belgium, which saw five changes made from the Croatia defeat.
“He didn’t have a good World Cup,” Mourinho stated.
“He didn’t have a good enough World Cup, in my opinion, to be chosen for a match ahead of [Jamie] Vardy, [Danny] Welbeck, [Marcus] Rashford. People with probably better condition from a physical and psychological point of view.”