There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!
Full Name: Raheem Shaquille Sterling
DoB: December 8th, 1994 (21)
PoB: Kingston, Jamaica
Nationalities: English, Jamaican
Position/s: Winger, Advanced Playmaker, Inside Forward, Advanced Forward (L/R/C)
Height: 1, 70m
Club: Manchester City Football Club
Club Career Record: 198 Games, 42 Goals, 45 Assists
National Team Record: 24 Caps, 2 Goals, 8 Assists
The Grand Stand View
X-factor players with the ability to offer something different to the mix have often been missing from the regular England rotation in recent years, for a plethora of reasons, the Three Lions have very rarely gone into a major international tournament feeling as though they truly had the quality to upset the odds and win it all. This renewed commendable aura of confidence lies mainly in a solid group of talented individuals that combine very well to make a functional team, a team that only requires a consistent spark of creativity to balance out the functionality and industry it oozes in abundance.
Raheem Sterling is one of those gifted creative footballers that can provide his team with the spark of creativity that they would require to live up to their heavy billing at EURO 2016; an electric creative midfielder with great direct running abilities and an increasingly keener eye for the pass, the England man will be looked to as the source of an extra bit of creative quality that few players in the team can provide. While many have questioned his ability to add an end product to his impressive all-round game, Raheem has slowly developed into a well-rounded footballer who can look to score or create goals with relative ease, while having the legs to press high up the pitch and cause defenders problems with or without the ball.
England know that they have the players to field a highly competitive squad that is difficult to break down and capable of scoring a goal or two, the real issue will be looking to regularly create the chances for those goals to be scored consistently as the Three Lions look to make history by going on a UEFA European Championship winning run in France. Much will be expected from Raheem Sterling, a young man who has now begun to fully grow into his abilities, and is getting better at being able to best utilize them.