Sterling was booked for diving in England’s friendly against Nigeria Saturday.
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Gareth Southgate claims Raheem Sterling justified his decision to protect the troubled England star despite his booking for diving against Nigeria. Southgate kept faith with Sterling after a troubled week for the Manchester City winger and he responded with a mixed performance in Saturday's 2-1 win in the World Cup warmup at Wembley.Southgate had considered dropping Sterling for the Nigeria clash, but after what the England manager perceived as unfair criticism of the tattoo, he decided it was right to stand by his man.Southgate said he hadn't clearly seen the incident so he didn't want to publicly reprimand Sterling.England have only one more friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds Thursday before they jet off to Russia and Southgate hinted the team that started so well against Nigeria – with Kane's goal proceeded by a Gary Cahill header – could be the one that opens the World Cup.Southgate was especially encouraged by the solid showings from Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Sterling.
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