Gary Neville has leapt to the defence of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling after his performance for England against Sweden.
The Man City forward has enjoyed a sensational season under Pep Guardiola, scoring 18 league goals as the Citizens broke a number of long standing Premier League records on their way to winning the title.
Sterling’s form for City has unsurprisingly seen him awarded with a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England during this summer’s World Cup, starting four out of their five games to date.
The most recent of which was England’s comfortable 2-0 victory Sweden on Saturday, a result which ensured their place in the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.
Sterling started up front alongside Spurs striker Harry Kane, but fluffed his lines on a number of occasions, having got in behind the Sweden defence, prompting a wave of outrage across social media.
Speaking to ITV, former Manchester United full back Gary Neville has branded some of the comments aimed at Sterling as ‘disgusting’:
“The actual treatment at half-time of [Sterling] across social media was absolutely disgusting, and isn’t representative of the performance he put in.
“To run in-behind Granqvist all that time, he kept getting in and getting in. OK, we didn’t have the cherry on the cake, the goal, where all of a sudden you’re a hero, but it was a brilliant performance.”