Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Raheem Sterling is streets ahead of his England teammate Marcus Rashford.
Sterling and Rashford will line-up together for the Three Lions against Holland tonight, but Wright-Phillips believes the gap in quality between the two is even wider than the margin between City and United.
Wright-Phillips, who made 275 appearances for City across two spells, believes Pep Guardiola’s impact on Sterling’s game has been sizeable and as a result Rashford can’t match the overall quality the Blues forward brings to the team.
While Sterling scored 26 goals for City this season and contributed 12 assists, Rashford managed just 13 for United , with six assists.
“For me, the gap between Sterling and Rashford is even wider than the gap between City and United,” Wright-Phillips said of the two England attackers.
“I think of Raheem Sterling as an amazing player whereas I think of Rashford as being very good. With what Raheem brings to the team right now I don’t think Rashford can match that.”
Wright-Phillips believes Rashford has to begin scoring more often to reach Sterling’s level and he believes Guardiola has played a major role in the development of the City man in front of goal.
“For a player of Rashford’s quality I feel like he should score more goals and I think Pep has taught Raheem how to do that,” Wright-Phillips told 888sport .
“He always seems to be in the right place for the cut-backs and crosses: he has learnt to read the game so much better. That’s allowed him to attack better and to be freer. He has done an outstanding job over the past couple of years and for me he is just getting better and better.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Wright-Philips, including this thoughts on how England can top the world with Foden, Sancho and Hudson-Odoi