Over the past few weeks, the football world has been dominated by discussions on how to kick racism out of the game after several England players including Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose were subject to racial abuse during the game against Montenegro last month.
Sterling, in particular, has gotten a lot of support from players and managers recently after continuously being on the receiving end of a lot of racial abuse including during City’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
Many have also alleged that there have even been racial overtones in how the press has painted the 24-year-old has a lazy, flashy modern player. The Man City man has also gotten more than his fair share of blame whenever the Three Lions have had a disappointing result.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has now talked about the coverage that Sterling receives from parts of the British press and has said that he is not sure how the wide forward handles it.
The Spurs midfielder said that Sterling was one of the best people he has ever met and that he is nothing like what he is reported to be.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Alli said, “The worst I’ve ever seen was Raheem at the Euros. He is honestly one of the best people you could meet in how he’s dealt with everything.
“That was my first major tournament and Raheem is what, a year older than me? I don’t know how I would have handled all the heat that they were putting on him.
“Obviously when I was younger Raheem was playing first-team a lot sooner than I was and he was a much bigger name before I started coming onto the scene.
“I already had this picture of him from what I’d seen and when you meet him he’s one of the nicest people I’ve worked with. He’s so focused and dedicated but you read all this s*** about him.”
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