England stormed into the Quarter Final of the Euros last night with a sensational 2-0 victory to send Germany out of the competition, and for Manchester City fans, it was a moment to savour as a current star, and two possible ones, were heavily involved in the victory.
Raheem Sterling looked in the mood for taking on the entire German team as the Three Lions progressed, with the City winger having a first half effort brilliantly saved by Manuel Neuer.
Sterling was a thorn in Germany’s side and the former world champions were visibly nervous whenever the England man ran at them, even though the end result was sometimes not perfect.
That was corrected though in the 75th minute when Sterling got on the end of a Luke Shaw cross to sweep home from close range and send Wembley, and all those watching across the country into raptures.
The winger was almost turned from hero to villain a few minutes after the goal as his wayward pass found its way to Thomas Muller, but with only Pickford to beat, Muller dragged his shot inches wide, much to the relief of the City man.
England needed a second and it came with four minutes to spare, and it was one that may have City fans salivating at the prospect for next season.
Jack Grealish, who it has been reported will complete an £88m transfer to City after the Euros, was the provider as he delivered an inch-perfect ball onto the head of another City target, Harry Kane to send the Wembley roof, and all those at home into the sky, as England went 2-0 up.
And it was Sterling who was waiting behind Kane, should the Spurs man fail to make contact with the ball, and ready to pounce for his fourth goal of the tournament.
But it was the maturity of Grealish that will have made City fans, and manager Pep Guardiola, want the midfielder in a blue shirt next season. After the match, Grealish sad he was going to shoot, but saw Kane in the middle and decided to cross instead. And it was the perfect ball into the box to secure England’s first knock-out victory over Germany since 1966.
While Grealish is top of the faithful’s summer wish list, Kane is likely to be further down the pecking order. But if the young midfielder can get the best out of Kane in such a tense, high-profile encounter, it may yet prove to be an astute move, should City link the two with Sterling in Manchester.
What do you think? Would Sterling, Kane and Grealish be a hit at City?