Sport

In defending Raheem Sterling let’s not canonise a footballer

BY David Waywell   /  13 December 2018

Forget Brexit, if you can, and turn instead to that other subject that divides our nation. I’m talking, of course, about Raheem Sterling, a footballer who can raise the blood pressure quicker than any other figure in the English Premiership whose name doesn’t begin with Jose.

Sterling is one of the few homegrown superstars of the sport. He is a supremely gifted player, extremely well paid for what he does, yet capable, at the same time, of being something of a prat. If you’re a Liverpool fan, you’ll remember him as the breakthrough star who proceeded to dump largely on the team that had nurtured him.