Fan jibes shack­ling the kids

Daily Mirror - - BRIANREADE -

RA­HEEM STER­LING has taken abuse from ri­val fans when­ever he’s touched the ball this sea­son and Dele Alli faced chants of: “You let your coun­try down” from the Crys­tal Palace end when he came on as a sub for Spurs last week­end.

All be­cause they were part of an Eng­land team that crashed and burned at the Eu­ros, again. Ster­ling and Alli (above) are 21 and 20 re­spec­tively. Both are still de­vel­op­ing.

I won­der how many of those deeply pa­tri­otic Eng­land fans re­alise a pos­si­ble rea­son for the pair not liv­ing up to their po­ten­tial at tour­na­ments is the fear of abuse they will get, if they re­turn as fail­ures, from tools like them?

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