Sterling’s speed could really bother the defenders, but unfortunately his decision making and lack of final third abilities make him a terrible player.
He is just like Ox playing for Arsenal.
All my England fans were so frustrated that he started almost every game, and Southgate not taking him out early enough.
I would compare this England 3-men midfield to Argentina’s 3-men midfield.
There is no creativity from them, so your wide player (or one of the forwards) has to drop back and start the offense.
When Messi had the ball, when Di Maria was in form, they were dangerous. Look at them when Messi was isolated, Di Maria had a bad game, they were dire. They could not generate anything from their midfield but just passing the ball sideways.
England is better because they are much younger and energetic. However, Sterling (and Lingard was disappointed also) could not create anything. I don’t even remember there was one time that they do beat the defenders one on one or had a good one-two to unlock the defense.
To fully utilize Kane and prevent him from dropping back too much (like Rooney previously), England needs to have another one or two technical players in the middle. At this point Sterling and Lingard cannot carry the offense by themselves.