Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, wants England manager Gareth Southgate to start Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling in the Three Lions’ squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

England are in Group B in the 2022 World Cup and will face Iran, USA and Wales.

Speaking on BT Sport (via Mirror), Ferdinand gave his verdict on Sterling, who scored for the first time in 10 matches as Chelsea defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

“Sterling starts at the World Cup. Forget going, he starts. Simple as that for me,” Ferdinand said.

“I was delighted for him because I have been hearing some outlandish comments about whether he should even go to the World Cup for England.”

Ferdinand added, “But this guy gets into good areas, he doesn’t shy away when things aren’t going his way, he still always gets himself into positions where he can affect the game and his endeavour is always there, his determination, desire. That is what I love about him.”

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