Steven Gerrard excited by ‘phenomenal talent’
07:10 16 November 2012
England skipper Steven Gerrard has hailed 17-year-old debutant Raheem Sterling as “a phenomenal talent” who will soon be playing for his country on a regular basis.
Sterling was at fault with the first of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s four goals in Sweden’s 4-2 win over England in last night’s friendly international at the Friends Arena.
But the Liverpool youngster responded by playing a part in the build-up to England’s two goals from Danny Welbeck and Steven Caulker and looked at home on the international stage.
Gerrard, who won his 100th cap, said: “There were positives. We controlled the game until the 75th minute and you had a 17-year-old making his debut who I thought was brilliant.
“When I was 17, I was an apprentice at Liverpool cleaning boots in the changing room.
“It goes to show how far he has come in a short space of time.
“He put his mistake behind him. It’s a learning curve. If there is one positive from making a mistake, it’s a friendly match and it doesn’t hurt you that much.
“He will learn from that. He has learnt really quickly in a Liverpool shirt and he will do the same for England.
“It won’t be long before he is a regular and he is going to be a phenomenal talent.”