Calls to plaster “talisman” Raheem Sterling across front pages fell on deaf ears this morning following England’s victory over Germany.
The Manchester City midfielder broke the deadlock for the Three Lions in the 75th minute and was the only player to have scored for England in the tournament until Harry Kane added a crucial second with four minutes remaining.
Talking to BBC Sport he said: “Doing it for your country is always special and it’s definitely a special moment.
“We knew the intensity we can play at and not many teams can deal with it. The two boys in midfield, Declan (Rice) and (Kalvin) Phillips, they were class, they ate up ground.
“An all-round great team performance.”
Stick this on your front page of your newspaper tomorrow, our talisman, our King pic.twitter.com/2Ed0t6thdL— Sophie Levin (@sophielevin11) June 29, 2021
But calls to run pictures of the England star on front pages fell on deaf ears this morning.
The Daily Mail ran with pictures of Prince George, who was in attendance at the game, and Kane as well as a supporter snap.
TOMORROW: Prince George “entirely responsible for England win” confirms Royal ‘experts’. pic.twitter.com/GeowkLxfe0— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) June 29, 2021
Elsewhere the i, Independent, Times, Express and Telegraph also featured Kane:
Wednesday’s front page: Jabs stockpile to help UK live with Covid-19 #TomorrowsPapersToday— i newspaper (@theipaper) June 29, 2021
🔴 Preparations for mix-and-match booster scheme @HugoGye @PMGallagher1https://t.co/sQFiWrLDbM
🔴 Hopes of quarantine-free travel dashed @RichardVaughan1 https://t.co/V67jgEryzJ pic.twitter.com/al6vMd60Gw
Indeed, one of the only newspapers to feature Sterling was The Sun. Go figure!