- Mauricio Pochettino told Raheem Sterling he would help him get England recall
- Sterling was left out of Gareth Southgate’s side for Ukraine and Scotland clashes
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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he told Raheem Sterling he would help the winger return to the England set up ahead of EURO 2024 next summer.
Sterling has long been a stalwart of the national team and made three appearances during the Three Lions’ run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup last year, appearing as a substitute as they were knocked out by eventual finalists France.
That fateful night in Al Khor marked the last time Sterling has represented England to date, with fitness issues seeing him left out of subsequent European qualifying squads as he endured a misfiring maiden season with Chelsea.
After resolving his issues and enjoying a stronger start to the current campaign under Pochettino, Sterling was expected to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for clashes with Ukraine and Scotland last week but was again omitted.
However, despite being left out, the Blues boss insisted the former Man City star is determined to force his way back into the fold with his performances this season.
Mauricio Pochettino has promised Raheem Sterling he would help him earn an England recall
The winger’s last cap came in December during England’s World Cup exit against France
‘He is motivated to perform here and help Chelsea. And, like all top players, after that he also wants to play for the national team.
‘We were talking the day after and we said to him, “We are going to help you to earn your way back into the national team. You need to train, to keep going, playing well for your club and for sure the coach is going to see and you will have more possibility to join the national team”.
‘I am happy for Raheem because he is smiling every day. If you had the opportunity to see him on Friday he was all smiles and happy. The objective for us is always to get the players to feel good.
‘We are happy because he is a player with experience that can help the young guys to evolve, and if we can help the player to improve and be better and score goals and make assists, it’s much, much better for him and for the team.’
Sterling was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for their clashes with Ukraine and Scotland
Pochettino backed his player to earn his way back into the fold ahead of next summer’s Euros
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer, the former Spurs boss has been tasked with transforming a side that slumped to 12th last season, a worst league finish in almost three decades.
Yet another high-spending transfer window under the ownership of Todd Boehly followed, with a host of new arrivals, including Moises Caicedo from Brighton on a £115m British record deal.
Consistent success on the pitch continues to elude the Blues however, with the club having won just one of their first four games of the season.
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