PICTURE SPECIAL: England’s Sterling shows off samba skills and talks Liverpool pal Suarez

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The Liverpool ace performed a series of tricks and skills at the Three Lions’ exclusive Rio training base.

“I tried to think of it as a normal game, express myself and do my best for the team”
Raheem Sterling



With the idyllic Sugarfloaf mountain dominating the background, Sterling gave a glimpse of the talent he hopes to use to down Uruguay in Thursday’s crunch Group D clash in Sao Paulo.


After showing off his skills, Sterling discussed his World Cup debut against the Italians last weekend, and the key role manager Roy Hodgson played in keeping the 19-year-old grounded.


“I was nervous but I thought it was a great opportunity to go and show the footballing world what I can do,” he said.


“Hopefully I showed some glimpses of that. I spoke to the manager quite a bit. He said to play my game and not think too much. As I get more experience my decision-making and my play will get better.


“I tried to think of it as a normal game, express myself and do my best for the team.”


Sterling also discussed the potential impact the return of Liverpool pal Luis Suarez could have on Uruguay ahead of Thursday’s monster clash.


A knee injury meant Suarez could only look on from the bench as the South American side slipped to a shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica.

Sterling admitted the Kop ace is a major threat, but echoed the thoughts of his team-mates by insisting they couldn’t focus solely on the 27-year-old.

“Luis is a great player but we can’t be focused on him,” he added. “They’ve got other great players and we’ve got to think of positives and negatives.


“We can’t just think about him. He’s a great player. We’ve played against him and know what he’s about. We’ll do everything to stop him.


“To be honest, I’d rather not see him on the pitch! He’s a great player and we all know what he can do. But we know what he’s about.”


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