Raheem Sterling says outside reaction to England at Euro 2020 does not match the mood of the camp.
Sterling was part of the England team that laboured to a goalless draw against Scotland on Friday – a performance which drew boos from the Wembley crowd at the end of the match and heavy criticism from elsewhere.
The Manchester City forward believes there has been a “panic” from outside the camp and insists his squad know not to listen to the outside noise.
“I do feel there’s a bit of an overreaction on the whole in terms of I don’t know if it’s… I just feel there’s more of a panic on the outside than inside the building,” he said.
“At the same the players who have been at a few tournaments, who have huge experience, try to help the other ones.
“I don’t see anyone in the camp that feels any pressure or feels hard done by. As much as we can inside the building the best thing we can do is focus on the training field, focus on what’s being doing inside.
“We really shouldn’t be looking at what the papers are saying, what pundits are saying.
“That’s something we need to take for the rest of this tournament, the more you listen to outside noise, the more it can affect you.
“If you’re not really looking into that the better it is for you as an individual and as a collective as well.
“We don’t really, I’m not saying on the outside it’s negativity, but we don’t want any negativity creeping in and performance levels dropping, and confidence levels dropping, and that’s all that it will do.”
On the Wembley crowd booing, Sterling added: “I feel the fans have an expectation of us with the players we have in the squad and that is rightly so.
“But as you can see from different games in the tournament, not just in our group but other groups as well, it is tricky in international football. It is not as easy as people think.”
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