Raheem Sterling would have been ‘perfect fit’ for Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ says John Fashanu

18 Nov

Wimbledon legend John Fashanu has praised the combative nature of Raheem Sterling and said he would fit in perfectly with the fabled ‘Crazy Gang.’

The Manchester City winger was dropped by Gareth Southgate for England’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro earlier in the week following his bust-up with international teammate Joe Gomez.

Raheem Sterling has impressed Fashanu on and off the pitch
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He returned for the final Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo on Sunday and played a starring role in the 4-0 victory.

Famous for their aggressive style of play and unique team spirit, the Crazy Gang won the 1988 FA Cup and Fashanu by beating Liverpool’s ‘Culture Club’, along with Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise, was a key part of that side.

Fashanu has been impressed with the way Sterling has evolved into a world-class player on the pitch and how he has become a key figure of it in the fight against racism.

“Raheem would have been a great Crazy Gang player – just the sort we looked for,” Fashanu said.

“You have to give him a lot of credit – to stand up for himself the way he does is what you want from every player.


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“We all know about his amazing talents, his amazing maturity in taking on the racists in the game – and demanding black and white players are portrayed equally by the media.

“But now we see he also possesses this rare inner strength. There’s a street brawler burning away inside him when it comes to football and life. The boy’s
a winner.

“Raheem would have been perfect with Vinnie Jones and me at Wimbledon. We just loved team-mates like that – someone not scared of anything, a warrior.”

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