Sterling, who started England’s opening World Cup win over Tunisia in Group G on Monday, has received negative media coverage over his allegedly “lavish” spending habits.
England were indebted to a dominant display before the break as goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane secured a 2-1 win over the Super Eagles on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Arsenal FC striker is now keen to make an impact in next month’s World Cup in Russia.
They look to avoid a familiar fate of being knocked out of a major competition on spot kicks, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has said.
Southgate, who worked with 16 of the 23 selected at Burton this week, wanted to make the most of his time with the players as he looks to keep them ticking over ahead of their first of two warm-up matches against Nigeria on June 2 before…
Gareth Southgate omitted the 31-year-old from his 23-man travelling party on this week in favour of Burnley’s Nick Pope despite Hart playing in all 10 qualifiers and featuring in March’s friendly get-together against Holland and Italy.
Experienced goalkeeper, Joe Hart, was left out of the squad for Russia, as was Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere, who between them have been capped more than 100 times.
The England manager said: "We're going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition, so we get that with the games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, but it's not just about the games we've got in the group but…