Kevin De Bruyne hopes Raheem Sterling is acknowledged appropriately for his performances on the World Cup.
The Manchester Metropolis team-mates might face off Saturday as Belgium play England for a second time on the match within the third-place playoff in St. Petersburg.
Neither participant was concerned in the course of the first assembly between the edges as each managers elected to relaxation their stars forward of necessary knockout matches.
De Bruyne has clearly had his consideration targeted on Belgium’s progress via the match, however doesn’t perceive why Sterling receives the criticism he does.
“I don’t understand why you should criticise the people of your own country because, in the end, all they are trying to do is win,” he mentioned.
“I believe he did very well within the video games that I noticed. Clearly, if you happen to don’t rating a purpose, then it’s totally different however not every little thing in soccer is about targets.
“Hopefully the press and the media can give him the love that he deserves because, obviously, he’s a very easy going guy and he gives everything for England – even with the criticism sometimes.”
De Bruyne, 27, can be wanting ahead to linking up with the England winger once more when Manchester Metropolis intention to defend their Premier League title.
“I think Raheem [Sterling] is a wonderful player. Since the day that I came to City, he came in the same year, we clicked really well,” he mentioned.
“I think he’s very important for what he does at Manchester City and I hope he can stay a lot longer.”