Raheem Sterling was born in Jamaica and moved to London with his mother and older sister when he was five.
He grew up within sight of Wembley stadium, which features in a tattoo on his arm. His father was shot dead in Jamaica when Raheem was nine.
2) Club football
He joined QPR as a nine-year-old schoolboy before moving to Liverpool at 15.
He made his debut for the senior team at 17. Despite showing promise, his star waned – until the 2013-14 season, when the forward played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s second place finish in the Premier League.
Sterling has been compared to Paul Gascoigne (Gazza), who made his name at the 1990 World Cup finals, and Wayne Rooney, who shone at Euro 2004.
4) England friendlies
Despite a good discliplinary record at Liverpool, he was sent off in the pre-World Cup friendly against Ecuador.
This meant he was barred from the final warm-up match against Honduras.
5) World Cup opener
Sterling was restored to the starting line-up against Italy, a move applauded by many England football bans, who commended manager Roy Hodgson’s boldness in choosing youthful promise over experience.