Sterling has scoring streak superstition and technique to distract from ‘nerves’

Raheem Sterling refuses to change his outfit if he's on a scoring streak with England.

Sterling will be one of the key figures in England's bid to win the World Cup in Qatar this winter. The Three Lions kick off their Group B campaign against Iran in Doha next week and Sterling is expected to be in Gareth Southgate's starting XI.

Sterling has revealed how he turns to social media channels to help himself remain relaxed ahead of big games. And the Chelsea ace will wear the same tracksuit and pair of trainers in a bid to keep a scoring run going.

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Sterling, who has netted 19 goals in 79 appearances, said: "If I score, I’ll just try to wear the same trainers with my tracksuit to the next game. And if I don’t score it’s going back in the closet.

"When it comes to really big games, I try to get myself in the mindset of how I’m going to affect the game, and the more I don’t think about the game and go about my everyday life the better, to try to block the noise out. One of my favourite apps to get ready for a game is YouTube, I like to escape a little in humour and distract myself from any nerves."

James Maddison did not train with his England team-mates in Qatar on Thursday. The Leicester midfielder limped out of their weekend win over West Ham but travelled to Doha with the rest of Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad on Tuesday.

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Speaking after that session, the 25-year-old said: "We had a scan the day before we met up. It was a positive scan. I had a little problem in the week building up to the West Ham game and post-Everton game which was the week before for us.

"I wanted to play, I didn't want to not give it a go because of the World Cup. That's not the person I am."

He was not present due to load management as the remainder of the squad trained in the sweltering midday sun at their Al Wakrah training base.


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