Did Raheem Sterling's form for Manchester City warrant him a place in England's starting XI against Croatia at Wembley last week?

Most Manchester City fans likely wouldn't have started Sterling for the Three Lions opening game of this summer's European Championship if they were Gareth Southgate, but the England boss' decision was vindicated when the 26-year-old delivered.

Sterling looked sharp and lively throughout that game last week, making menacing runs with his electric pace and he sent a timely reminder of his talent with a very strong performance - to perfectly round it off, his goal in the second half was the match-winner.

Some Blues fans will feel frustrated with Sterling this season after he failed to consistently reach the dazzling heights of seasons gone, but to his credit, he still maintained an impressive level of form this campaign, albeit while leaving supporters wanting more.

It was an interesting decision from Pep Guardiola to start Sterling in the Champions League final, although while Southgate's decision to use him in England's starting XI caused equally as much surprise, there are statistics available that explain the latter's selection.

Across the last three seasons in all competitions, Sterling has recorded the most goal involvements (110), which is goals and assists combined, than any other English player, with Jadon Sancho (109), Harry Kane (106) and Marcus Rashford (94) all trailing behind.

It's clear Southgate can rely on Sterling in England's biggest games and those statistics just prove the quality of player City have.