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Neville disgusted with response to Sterling performance

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.”

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