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Ex-Chelsea star: Sterling not in contention for England squad travelling to Qatar.

Ex-Liverpool and Man City star Sterling is "not even a consideration" to be a part of the Three Lions' side traveling to Qatar in a few weeks, according to Nevin.

Raheem Sterling, who has scored 19 times in 79 caps for England, 'is having a really bad time,' says former Chelsea attacker Nevin.[Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Sterling, who has scored 19 goals in 79 caps for England, 'is having a really bad time,' says ex-Chelsea attacker Nevin. [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Ex-Chelsea star Pat Nevin doesn't think Gareth Southgate would consider choosing Chelsea and England forward Raheem Sterling for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Blues attacker Sterling, who sealed a move from the Etihad to Stamford Bridge during the summer, wasn't in fine form over the weekend [when Chelsea lost 4-1 to Brighton], losing possession more often than any other player on the pitch, though he has wasn't deployed in his best position following injuries to the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Reece James and Wesley Fofana.

The 27-year-old's goalless streak continued at the Amex Stadium, and Graham Potter eventually replaced him with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 63rd minute.

Blues boss Potter had already backed Sterling, ahead of their travel to the south coast when he was asked whether he was concerned about Sterling's goal drought, and he replied: "I would say no I'm not. Raheem's quality speaks for itself. It's better for me to think about the team and how we can attack better and create more chances."

However, Nevin, 59, said "if he keeps playing the way he is right now" he won't be in contention for the England squad travelling to Qatar as he "is having a really, really bad time".

"I'm watching Raheem Sterling right now and I've said that Graham Potter has got the best from every player since he has been there - with one exception," the former Chelsea winger Nevin told BBC Radio 5.

"If he keeps playing the way he is right now, he's not even a consideration for the World Cup."

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