Former England grandees Gary Neville, Gary Lineker and David Beckham have all voiced their bewilderment at the public being so negative about Sterling, who has created plenty of openings while missing chances himself.
Manager Gareth Southgate said: ‘If you are talking about attacking patterns, Raheem has been instrumental in them. We are really pleased with his contribution. He’s appreciated by the team.’
Ex-players are bemused at how Raheem Sterling has been rated by the public at the World Cup
Sterling has come bottom of the BBC public ratings in all four of his England starts in Russia
Former England international Gary Neville is among those who have voiced bewilderment
The BBC have no intention of interfering in the debate, saying they are merely the facilitator for the public to have their say. So far 10million people have done so throughout the World Cup, with 3.5m ratings made on England games.
However, there has been an incidence of a TV company changing their markings to placate England players and their families.
That was at the 2002 European Under 21 tournament televised by Channel 5, who reacted to disquiet in the England camp by increasing the ratings by a point or two so as not to demoralise a young group that included Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker, Gareth Barry and Jermaine Jenas.
England’s likely bid to host the 2030 World Cup could be affected if they triumph in Russia
England’s likely bid to host the 2030 World Cup, which is gathering momentum, could be affected perversely if Gareth Southgate’s side win this tournament. The fear is that becoming world champions could re-activate the old complaint about English ‘arrogance’, though no one here will care a jot about that if England lift the big prize on Sunday.
FIFA have admitted for the first time that Diego Maradona, who has behaved in a disgraceful manner throughout his time in Russia, gets paid for his role as lead ambassador of the football legends with whom president Gianni Infantino likes to surround himself. FIFA have still declined to say how much, although it has been estimated at £10,000 a day.
FIFA have admitted for the first time that Diego Maradona is paid for his ambassador role
Gareth Southgate would be a landslide winner as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, except that a coach has never been awarded the main prize since its inception and coaches have their own award on the night. A BBC spokeswoman said there are no plans to change the categories.
Boris ban staying put
Jeremy Hunt’s elevation to succeed Boris Johnson as foreign secretary will not affect the Boris-instigated ban on Government ministers going to the World Cup to support England.
This despite Hunt, who was culture minister during London 2012, not missing a single publicity opportunity during the games. His flunkeys were even wearing trainers with their suits to keep up with Hunt chasing the cameras.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office found time while dealing with Johnson’s resignation to send messages to embassies and consulates around the world approving the flying of the flag of St George on official premises — including No 10.
New foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt (above) will not attend any World Cup matches in Russia
British Athletics chief Niels de Vos must have mixed feelings about England reaching the World Cup final on Sunday, having foolishly scheduled the Athletics World Cup on the same weekend.
Chairman Richard Bowker is also under severe pressure as he put his head above the parapet at the launch of this doomed event that no one will care about.
The FA have managed their media operation at the World Cup in great detail, which explains why FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn have kept such a low profile, as have Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff.
The policy has been to put all the focus on the players and the manager, making them the only story. The squad, especially on social media, have been made to look as normal as possible and pictured or filmed having fun together.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.