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Raheem Sterling: “Growing up two minutes down the road, I know I have to score here.”

English star living a dream after a goal in Euro opening match.

England v Croatia - UEFA Euro 2020: Group D Photo by Shaun Botterill - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

England opened up a major tournament with a win. Four city players saw action as they played really well.

Raheem Sterling who was brought up in Brent just steps from the world famous stadium, struck the crucial winner on 56 minutes to lead the Three Lions the perfect start to their Group D campaign.

It made for a fine all-round display by the 26-year-old and was his first goal for his country in a major tournament.

After the match he said-

“It’s a great feeling. I’ve always said if I played at Wembley in a major tournament, I have to score!,”

“Growing up two minutes down the road, I know I have to score here. It was a great feeling to finally do that.

“I couldn’t wait to get here and get started. I knew it would be a positive one.

“It was the first game and we needed a win. We stuck together.

“We headed the ball when we needed to, cleared it when we needed to and played some good football at times. I thought the boys were brilliant.

“We need to try to build on it and enjoy today. We have to focus. It’s early days.

“We need to keep winning, have that winning mentality and keep going forward.”

“Brilliant,” was Sterling’s verdict on the Leeds holding midfielder.

“He kept driving with the ball and it was a lovely bit of skill to come inside and a lovely, weighted pass.

“It’s great to get off with a win. Now we have that game to look forward to. Hopefully, we’ll go on to that and win again.”

Congrats England!