Raheem Sterling delighted to be back on the England scoresheet in Spain

Monday 15 Oct 2018
Raheem Sterling tucks home England's third goal in Seville

Raheem Sterling hailed his “beautiful feeling” as he ended his international goal drought with a brace in England’s 3-2 victory over Spain.

The Manchester City forward opened the scoring in Seville with an explosive finish and added his second of the night after seeing Marcus Rashford double the lead in a stunning first-half performance from the Three Lions.

Spain 2-3 England
  • UEFA Nations League
  • Monday 15 October 2018
  • Estadio Benito de Villamarin, Seville
  • Live on Sky Sports

And Sterling now wants to build on this performance to replicate his club scoring record on the international stage, after scoring his first goal since a goal against Estonia at Wembley almost three years ago to the day in October 2015.

“It was a beautiful feeling,” he said.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to try and get in the box and score goals and sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s my position to score goals and I want to keep that going.

“It means a lot to me. It’s three years since I’ve scored and it means a lot in a game like this.

Sterling turns home England's third goal in Seville


“A lot of times I was taking the ball to feet and not making the runs in behind that I do with my club, so I’ve analysed it and tried to be more effective and get in behind.”

The result saw England build on their first Nations League point from the game in Croatia last Friday, ahead of their return match with the Croatians at Wembley next month.

And Sterling was left impressed by what he saw from his team-mates against a highly-rated team and in a high pressure atmosphere.

“It was a brilliant team performance today,” he added.

“I thought we went at them straight from the beginning and we were clinical.

“The other day we played some good football at times but missed chances, but today we started really well and finished the chances.”

By FA Staff