Football

Redknapp: Sterling is England's Silva

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has quickly become England's next big hope, with Roy Hodgson ready to build the team around him.

And former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp says it's the right decision.

"Raheem Sterling is England's David Silva. He doesn't manipulate the ball like the Spaniard, but he can play between the lines and he has something Silva doesn't have: destructive pace," Redknapp told the Daily Mirror.

"He is such a weapon for England and Liverpool. He is now our best player - aged 19 - and defenders are frightened of him."

PA Sport looks at how the 19-year-old coped with the extra responsibility for the Three Lions against Switzerland.

1 IMPACT

The Liverpool man played at the tip of the diamond in a 
4-3-1-2 formation and his pace threatened Switzerland.

England had scored just three goals in their previous five internationals and needed some punch up front and he grabbed a perfect assist for Danny Welbeck's opener in the 58th minute.

One jinking run created panic in the Swiss defence before he was halted.

2 SHOOTING

He dragged one wide early and almost got on the end of Welbeck's pass for a tap-in - although he was let down by the striker's cross.

He miscued a brilliant chance when he linked with Jordan Henderson in the second half.

He shot over in injury time but it was not his night in front of goal and he needed to be sharper.

3 WORK-RATE

One battle with Valon Behrami showed that Sterling is deceptively strong for his build and he did well to shake off the former West Ham man for England's opener.

So much seems to rest on the Liverpool youngster and he had good awareness when he was able to make the difference and when to just keep England ticking over.

4 LINK-UP PLAY

Sterling laid the ball on a plate for Welbeck's 58th-minute goal after initially taking the pass from Wayne Rooney.

It was devastating from the trio who had not looked on the same wavelength up until that point.

There were signs of a blossoming relationship between the front three and it is still early days.

He played his part in Welbeck's second when he found Rickie Lambert to start the move.