Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling produced a stunning performance at Wembley last night as England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0. The 24-year old netted his first national team hat-trick as England began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in some style.
Sterling ended a three-year national team goal-drought by scoring a brace against Spain during a Nations League game at Seville in October. And last night, he continued his good form by scoring three past Czech Republic. This was Sterling’s second hat-trick of the month. He previously scored a hat-trick against Watford two weeks back.
Following England’s win, Sterling said that his hat-trick was a dream come true. The winger said, “I’m excited. “I’m in my hometown and this is what dreams are made of, so I’m really happy to see it come true..”
England manager Gareth Southgatw was all praise for the 24-year old. Southgate said, “I’m delighted for him to get the reaction that he did from the crowd here. We can’t hide from the fact that he’s had difficult moments with England and he’s turned that full circle. I also think the goals in Spain were an important moment for him. You could see the release that brought. At times, you could almost see the thought process in the past, but he’s hungry for goals.
I know he’s spoken about that before, of how he’s added that incentive to his game and I thought he was devastating tonight.”
Sterling will hope to produce another strong performance as England play next qualifier against Montenegro at Podgorica on Monday.