Beckham hits out at criticism aimed at England's Sterling

Raheem Sterling at World Cup in Russia

Raheem Sterling at World Cup in Russia

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic attends a training session at the Adler training ground in Sochi on July 5, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia.

Sterling's forceful running troubled Sweden during England's 2-0 win on Saturday, even if his erratic finishing let them off the hook on a couple of occasions.

It is something which has been a key point of the manager's success so far and he is keen for his players to embrace the magnitude of a World Cup semi-final.

"We have put everything in place, we have learnt from our mistakes, which is the most important thing, and we have made things right".

Sterling squandered a fine opportunity to score in the quarter-final win over Sweden and Wright thinks he's simply suffering from nerves.

Sterling has yet to score in Russian Federation, but has made plenty of menacing runs in the opponents' half and brought others into play.

Twice in the closing minutes of the first half, his pace took him behind the Swedish defence with just the goalkeeper to beat and twice he let Sweden off the hook, seeming to lack the clinical finish that might be expected from Harry Kane.

"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and risky alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.

"He offers so much to the team".

And Dier, who plays alongside him at club level with Tottenham, could not hide his delight for the former Burnley full-back.

Sterling endured vitriolic abuse after a series of tame performances at Euro 2016, and he was widely criticised again ahead of the World Cup for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg.

"Raheem's attitude is fantastic, his work ethic is fantastic as well". Every player deserves to be applauded.

Forget the cutbacks across the goal amidst a crowded penalty area or the clever runs behind the defence to create goalscoring opportunities, Sterling's tactical intelligence makes him the flawless candidate for the situations when England want to press high up the field - whether he puts the finishing touch himself or selflessly sets up a teammate, Sterling threatens to produce moments of magic every time he receives the ball and that is a quality to be heralded, not ridiculed.

Beckham was not the only former England worldwide to support Sterling following his Sweden showing, with 1966 World Cup victor Sir Geoff Hurst even arguing it was the forward's finest performance of the tournament.

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