After all the uncalled for commotion over his tattoo on his leg in memory of his father who was gunned down in Jamaica when he was just two years old, we should be focusing on the other tattoo Raheem Sterling has and how he’s now realising the dream inked on his arm.
The 23-year old has a tattoo of a young lad resembling himself, ball in hand, looking at the famous Wembley arch and wearing the iconic No.10 shirt – a shirt number the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Teddy Sheringham, Gary Lineker have all sported at World Cup tournaments representing the Three Lions.
He had the art inked into his skin when he was a youngster at QPR. Now, in being handed the number for the showpiece in Russia, in what is his second World Cup, Sterling’s dream has become a reality.
“I know I shouldn’t mention it, but I’ve got a tattoo of it on my arm,” Sterling told reporters, including the Daily Mail, at England’s media day.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do; wear the number 10 for England. I feel much more happy wearing that shirt and to be doing that at a World Cup with my country gives me that huge joy and feeling I can go and do well.
“It’s something [the number 10 role] I played as a kid. I was more central, then went to Liverpool and started watching these videos of Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, started doing step-overs, started developing my game that way, when I was more in and around the box.”
Sterling, who scored 18 goals as Manchester City romped to a record-breaking Premier League title win, was also asked about his other tattoo that was plastered on the front page of a newspaper and caused a needless stir.
The former Liverpool star says it hasn’t affected him in the slightest and he is concentrating on the World Cup as normal.
“The boys have seen me round the place and, quite frankly, know that I haven’t been really bothered by it,” he is quoted as saying by The Independent.
“It’s one of those things. They get reported and that’s it. Little things like what happened the other day, people expect me to be really affected by it, you know. I just find I’ve been through harder stuff in my life to get down by that, so that’s the least of my worries.
“I’ve got a massive opportunity here with a great bunch of players to represent England at a World Cup, that’s my biggest focus now.”
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