Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has claimed his performance against the Czech Republic is 'what dreams are made of' after netting his first hat-trick for the senior team.
Sterling, 24, starred for the Three Lions during their 5-0 win to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to the perfect start, as he scored three of the five during his 70 minutes on the field.
Having grown up just down the road of the national team stadium in Brent, Sterling admitted after the game that it was moments like the one he experienced against the Czech Republic that he dreamt of as a child.
As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: "
Raheem Sterling’s game by numbers vs. Czech Republic:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 22, 2019
96% passing accuracy
3 shots on target
hE cAnT FiNisH. pic.twitter.com/VaHdvU3e4b
"The goals in Spain were an important moment for him. You could see the release that brought.
At times, you could almost see the thought process in the past - but he's hungry for goals."
A hattrick for the brilliant @sterling7. What a marvellous footballer he’s become. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 22, 2019
Sterling's hat-trick now means he's scored 24 goals for club and country this season, and will be looking to add to his tally in England's next game, which is their second Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Monday.