Sterling believes Euro 2020 win would help in battle against racism

‘It would be an important milestone’: Raheem Sterling believes Euro 2020 win at Wembley for multi-cultural England side would be significant step forward in battle against racism

  • England are in contention to win Euro 2020, which takes place this summer 
  • The Manchester City star is hoping a tournament win would help combat racism
  • Gareth Southgate’s squad includes several members from various backgrounds 

Raheem Sterling believes a Euro 2020 triumph would be a significant step forward for multi-cultural England in their battle against racism.

England are one of the favourites for the tournament this summer, with most of their games set to take place on home soil.

Gareth Southgate’s squad includes several members from different backgrounds, such as Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Jadon Sancho.

Raheem Sterling believes a Euro 2020 win for England would help in the battle against racism

Squad involves players from various backgrounds, like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho 

And Sterling, who has become the driving force behind football’s battle against racism in England, believes home success would represent a watershed moment.

‘It would be an important milestone. In our country, there are still a lot of people who are a little closed in on themselves,’ Sterling said.

‘I think that such success could push them to open up.

‘But, in any case, an English victory for the Euros, whatever the composition of the team, would have a positive impact on the whole country and in all areas.

And if Gareth Southgate’s side win the tournament, Sterling is hoping it could be pivotal 

‘I sincerely think that England is a country ready to evolve on these questions. But it will take time for things to change as candidates from minorities must also emerge.

‘We will continue to push in this direction.’

Sterling’s comments come just a day after he gave insight into the issue of racism in football, revealing that his first encounter with it was when he was in Liverpool’s academy.

The Manchester City and England forward also revealed that he is against any quota arrangement to bring more coaches from minorities into the professional arena.

Sterling and England’s trip to Bulgaria was twice interrupted by racist chanting in October

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