Jamaican-born Liverpool star Sterling follows Barnes' footsteps
LIVERPOOL, England (CMC) — Jamaican-born winger Raheem Sterling has been named in England's 23-man squad for next month's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 19-year-old is among five Liverpool players chosen to represent England in football's biggest showpiece.
He now becomes the second Jamaican-born player after another former Liverpool legend John Barnes to be named in an England World Cup squad.
Sterling had an outstanding season for Liverpool in the English Premier League and helped them to second place in the just concluded season.
He scored 10 goals in 34 appearances.
Sterling, who left Jamaica 14 years ago, represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-21 levels and made his England debut against Sweden in November 2012.
The squad is being led by Steven Gerrard and includes the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge.
England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on June 14.