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Raheem Sterling makes Damary Dawkins touching tribute after stunning England hat-trick

Raheem Sterling makes Damary Dawkins touching tribute after stunning England hat-trick

Sterling delivered a tour de force display in England's opening Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley, scoring a hat-trick and winning a penalty that was converted by Harry Kane.

Chelsea midfielder Barkley, 25, could be handed a start in Montenegro by manager Gareth Southgate, who also has the option of giving a full England debut to West Ham's Declan Rice.

"Callum's fitted in, he looks every inch an England worldwide in training, and I wouldn't hesitate to start him in games".

Standing by the Wembley pitch, the 24-year-old said on England's Twitter channel: "It was a great feeling, the most important was the first (goal) to carry on from the game I had against Spain".

With almost a half century of caps, Sterling is now seen as one of the "leadership group" in the squad, Southgate added. "We can't hide from the fact that he's had hard moments with England and he's turned that full circle". At times you could nearly see the thought process in the past but he's hungry for those goals.

"And his finishes there and tonight were finishes that he was just taking on without thinking too much".

It has become customary to see Sterling banging in goals in City's colours - he scored 23 in all competitions last season and has already amassed 19 in the current campaign - but until recently, that had not been the case with England.

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"I didn't know what to do".

We're not asking you to get all of them - we just want you to name the scorer of every hat-trick in the last 39 years.

'I remember when Crystal Palace played Manchester City and they lost Damary put on his tracksuit with the Crystal Palace badge and took a picture to send to Raheem.

The Football Association will be writing to Rice - who issued a social media statement apologising on Tuesday - to remind him of his responsibilities, and Southgate added: "I don't think he can say any more than he's said". It was a bit of a mixture outside of that, but that's wing players; we're asking them to try things, we're asking our attacking players to take players on and as the coach you have to accept they'll fail a number of times and the times they succeed we'll create chances and we'll create goals.

"I think he's showing those signs, I think he's a role model for the younger players coming in".

"We'll have some players come through that will surprise us and, frankly, are going to excite the public because when they see them play, they're going to be excited by what they've seen because we are".


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