Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Maverley praises Sterling, says footballer treated unfairly by Brits

England's Raheem Sterling, right, challenges for the ball with Sweden's Victor Lindelof during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

England's Raheem Sterling, right, challenges for the ball with Sweden's Victor Lindelof during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Jamaican-born Raheem Sterling, despite being an integral part of the England team that surprisingly reached the World Cup semi-finals, was throughout the tournament vilified by many English fans and members of the media.

His high work rate, blistering pace and off-the-ball movements consistently caused problems for opposing defenders. But his lack of goals did little to ease the attacks from many English fans and certain sections of the media who have demonized him since he rose to prominence at Liverpool, painting him as greedy, blingy and undeserving of a place in the national team. 

However, residents of Sterling's hometown in Jamaica have a different perception of him than how he's potrayed in the English press. In the tough Maverley neighbourhood of St Andrew where Sterling lived until migrating to England as a child, there's a special love for a man who has reportedly made sizeable contributions to benefit the community. 

So, Loop News journeyed there on Thursday to get their views on Sterling's performance during the tournament, as well the treatment of their baller by the British press and fans. Watch the video below.

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