Man City’s injured 21-year-old forward says missing the tie with PSG is a blow – but he wants to be back for the Euros this summer.
Raheem Sterling has expressed his disappointment at missing Manchester City’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Paris Saint-Germain.
City will play the Ligue 1 side twice next month in the club’s first ever appearance in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition.
In an interview with the Mirror, Sterling said he was hoping to recover from his groin injury in time to be back for this summer’s European Championships in France.
“I’m disappointed to be injured and obviously it’s going to be really difficult missing the Champions League, but I hope to be back as soon as possible and I know I’ll be fine for the Euros,” he said.
“We want to do the country proud when we get to France. But it takes something very special to win a World Cup or European Championship – as a lot of England teams have found out over the years.”
Sterling feels England let themselves down at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 – but says now, with an unblemished qualifying record behind them, they can perform well this summer in France.
He said: “We know we came home from Brazil too early, but we have got players who want to express themselves and play in a positive way.
“Ask any player in the squad what they want to achieve in the Euros and they will tell you we are going there to win it. Everyone should have dreams and we don’t want to go there just to make up the numbers.
“Qualification went really well and we are confident that we can have an impact in France.”