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Gareth Southgate: Experience can help turn things around | Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has jumped to the defence of under-pressure England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of his side's Nations League clash with Germany, saying: "It's not time to panic."

Southgate was booed by some of the traveling support after the defeat at the San Siro, which ratchets up pressure and scrutiny with the World Cup opener against Iran looming large on November 21.

England forward Raheem Sterling on the criticism of Gareth Southgate: “We are always under that pressure to win, and this small loss of form is not something we need to panic about. We now have a big opportunity coming up in the winter to go out and show what we can do again.”

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England’s form has deserted them at just the wrong time and Southgate’s side, who suffered relegation from the Nations League top tier with a game to spare following Friday’s 1-0 loss in Italy, are without a win in five matches with a World Cup just around the corner.

However, Sterling was quick to defend his manager ahead of the game against Germany at Wembley on Monday evening, citing England’s run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia four years ago and their runners-up finish at last summer’s European Championship.

When asked about the criticism aimed at Southgate, Sterling said: “We all know that is what comes with football and playing at the highest level.

“You are under scrutiny and a lot of it is unfair, of course, but that is the level we are at with England.

“We are always under that pressure to win, and this small loss of form is not something we need to panic about. We now have a big opportunity coming up in the winter to go out and show what we can do again.”

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