Raheem Sterling has defended himself after coming under fire following the unveiling of a new tattoo on his right leg.
A photo shared on his Instagram page released his new ink to the world, depicting an assault rifle pointed down towards his foot. He has since received calls to have it removed, or covered up, with some even calling for him to be removed from the England team.
British tabloids including The Sun in particular have taken against the Manchester City winger over his new ink.
Lucy Cope, founder of Mothers Against Guns, told the paper that the tattoo is "totally unacceptable".
"If he refuses he should be dropped from the England team. He's supposed to be a role model but chooses to glamorise guns."
However, Sterling took to Instagram to explain the meaning behind his tattoo, opening up on how he vowed to never touch a gun, and that his father was shot and killed by one when Sterling was only two-years-old.
He wrote on his Instagram story: "
Despite his undeniable improvement on the pitch under Pep Guardiola over the last two years, several tabloid papers have insisted on attempting to create furore around one of England's top talents - with recent stories run on Sterling ranging from his breakfast habits to the cleanliness of his car.