Sterling Defends Controversial Penalty

By | July 9, 2021

LONDON: Raheem Sterling said the roughness against him that led to England’s winning goal after a 2-1 extra-time win over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals was “an obvious penalty.”

The Manchester City striker fell after being challenged by Joakim Maehle after entering the Danish penalty area in the first half of extra time.

Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel but the England captain again blasted the ball that bounced to take his side to the final against Italy.

“I got into the penalty box and he blocked with his right foot, it hit my foot and obviously it was a penalty,” Sterling told ITV.

“It was a great performance – we had to look after the first goal we conceded in the tournament this time, and we played well and showed good team spirit to bounce back and win the match.

“It’s hard after being left behind but we realize we have to stay patient – we know the advantages, the level of aggression and the strength in the team, we’re just waiting for the time to beat them.”

England advanced to their first major championship final since winning the 1966 World Cup with Sterling once again putting in a stellar performance for Gareth Southgate’s side at Wembley.

“It’s another step in the right direction,” Sterling said.