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Raheem Sterling: Chelsea Star Breaks Silence After England Snub
- Raheem Sterling was left out of the England national team squad for the September qualifiers
- Gareth Southgate confirmed the player was disappointed at the decision to drop him
- He has not played for England since leaving the World Cup squad after his home was burgled
Chelsea star Raheem Sterling has made his first public statement since he was left out of the England national team squad for the September qualifiers.
Sterling has not played for the national team since the World Cup after leaving Qatar to check on his family, who were burgled in England and valuables carted away.
He missed the March international break due to an injury sustained in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 game against Borussia Dortmund. He was again overlooked for the end-of-season games.
He is in fine form for Chelsea and scored two goals in the 3-0 win over newly-promoted Luton Town.
Sterling breaks silence after England snub
The 28-year-old has shown no signs of sulking as he resumed training with Mauricio Pochettino's team ahead of the weekend's game against Nottingham Forest.
He took to his Twitter page and shared photos from training, one with Pochettino and the other showing him spotting a new hairstyle.
Southgate confirms Sterling's disappointment
Head coach Gareth Southgate detailed his phone conversation with the former Manchester City forward, informing him of his decision, as reported by The Independent.
“A difficult call, and Raheem was not particularly happy about it,” the manager said.
“Raheem is always really respectful with how he responds and deals [with things], he will always say ‘I respect your decision’ but of course, he wants to get back in the group,” he added.
The Three Lions will travel to Ukraine and Scotland for games five and six of their Euro 2024 qualifying series.
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Sports Brief reported that Sterling revealed the secret of his form after becoming one of Pochettino's most important players this season under a new era at the club.
The Jamaican-born Sterling revealed he returned to being obsessed with football, and nothing else matters to him. He added that he worked on his diet, which has helped his body become better.