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Positive vibes from fans would give England a boost: Sterling

 

By Simon Peach

Raheem Sterling wants to feel the love from England fans in the build up to the World Cup.

The Manchester City forward has never had the smoothest relationship with supporters of the national side, memorably dubbing himself 'the hated one' in an Instagram post during Euro 2016.

The 23-year-old has clearly felt the jeers more keenly than the cheers during his 36-cap international career but he has appealed for the England faithful to rally behind both him and the team.

Wembley will get the chance to respond during the friendly against Italy tonight and Sterling believes an uplifting show of support would boost the side.

"I feel sometimes there's a bit too much negativity. I would love to hear some positive notes going in, just to make the boys know that everyone's behind them," he said

"If you want your country to do well, as everyone says, bring a positive light into it. Make the boys go off to the World Cup with clear heads, knowing everyone's behind them, everyone's with them.

"We know what we can do, I believe what we can do, it's just having that support and that backing... you know, feel loved.

"The players that are there, if we get behind them and give them love you wouldn't know how much that would help them and boost their confidence.

"Trust me, I think you'll definitely see a better England."

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