Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a stunning few months – but he knows he has some way to go to be considered amongst the world’s very best.
Sterling led England to a 5-3 win over Kosovo on Wednesday night and has been in remarkable form throughout 2019.
It has led to the Manchester City attacker being talked up as amongst the top few players in world football – but he says he must maintain these standards for a longer period of time to establish himself amongst the elite.
After his performance at St Mary’s, Sterling was asked about getting close to the level of established top two Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the debate for the world’s best player.
He responded: “As I said you look at these players the most remarkable thing about them is that they do it not just for two or three seasons, but through their whole career, season after season.
“This is my first at a high level and I have just got to continue.
“Keep trying and learning and trying to get to the top.”
Despite still looking to learn, Sterling is clearly high on confidence at the moment.
And he felt his latest England outing was one of his best international performances to date.
I thought it was one of my best England performances,” Sterling said.
“I didn’t like the look of my stats when I had that long drought, but from that night in Spain when I got two the goals have flowed from then.”