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About Sterling


Discover where he first started, to where he is now.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers named him the “best young player in Europe”. Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he’s being touted as one of England’s most valuable assets on the pitch. While young in years, Raheem Sterling has already made a significant impression in the world of football with a career that is expected to continue its meteoric rise.

Raheem Shaquille Sterling was born on 8 December 1994 and grew up in the Maverley area of Kingston, Jamaica. At five years old, he emigrated to the United Kingdom. Even back then he had Wembley firmly in his sights growing up just a stone’s throw away from the stadium in North West London. He started his football career at the Academy at Queen’s Park Rangers before being snapped up by Liverpool in 2010. In the youth team is where Sterling first showed his hunger and appetite for goal scoring. He helped take the team to victory in a 4 – 0 win over Notts County in the FA Youth Cup and at the start of 2011 netted five goals in a 9 – 0 win over Southend United. It was this passion and drive that led to his 2012 senior Liverpool debut on 24th March, becoming the second-youngest player to do so after Michael Owen.

2012 became the year of impressive firsts for the young winger; in August he made another debut, this time in Europe for the UEFA Europa League and although Sterling had previously played for England in the under-16, 17 and 21 squads, in November he gained his first senior cap in a friendly against Sweden. Possibly one of his proudest England moments to date was being awarded man of the match in a 1 – 0 victory against Denmark. Despite it being only his second cap, Sterling succeeded in his mission to prove that he had what it takes to play in the national team.

The 2013-2014 Premiere League season was one where many would say Sterling came into his own. Showcasing his skill, flair and of course undeniable pace and fearlessness when on the ball, Sterling played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s campaign for the title, scoring in wins against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City to name a few. While Liverpool fell short of the number one spot, Sterling proved to be instrumental in one of the tightest and most thrilling seasons the league had seen in some time. This resulted in him being shortlisted as one of the six players up for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

On 12 May 2014, Sterling fulfilled a life-long dream as he was named in England’s 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With expectations high, the 19 year old is solely focussed on giving 100% and supporting his team mates in what they, and the rest of England, hope will be a successful tournament.

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