The 19-year-old Liverpool teenager was one of England’s standout performers in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Italy in their Group D opener, while Rooney came in for criticism for his display.
He is someone I looked up to so to have trained with him at this camp has been a real honour
However, Sterling insists that the Manchester United forward remains a “world-class player” despite the recent questions about his performances.
“I speak to him a lot,” Sterling said. “He just says to relax, express yourself and enjoy the game, really, and not to think too much about what is going on and to just play your normal game and you’ll be fine.
“Some of the stuff he does with the ball, you try to take little clips out of his play and try to really learn from that.
“He is a world-class player, I’ve watched him growing up. He is someone I looked up to so to have trained with him at this camp has been a real honour.
“He works really hard and is always improving as well, so for someone like that for me to look up to I am really glad to have him the team.”
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