David Beckham has defended Raheem Sterling amid criticism that the former England captain has called “wrong”.
Despite the Three Lions reaching the World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990, the Manchester City forward was castigated in some quarters as missed chances overshadowed a good overall display in the 2-0 defeat of Sweden.
It is not the first time Sterling has been criticised this summer and ex-England right-back and coach Gary Neville called some of the half-time treatment of the 23-year-old on social media “absolutely disgusting” – a response that piqued Beckham’s interest.
“Haven’t seen this but whatever it is it’s wrong,” Beckham posted in an Instagram Story, having taken a screenshot Neville’s comments.
“We are in the semi final of a World Cup. Every player deserves to be applauded.
“We as a country are united and behind the team.”
England are now preparing to take on Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the World Cup final, with Sterling paying tribute to supporters after the win in Samara.
“Today, I want to thank all that have and continue to support @England as a team, this has helped us achieve what can only be described as a dream!!!” he wrote on Twitter.
“To reach the semi finals of a world cup…….. WOW! We go again.”