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Sterling 'will not be satisfied' with England performance

Raheem Sterling "will not be satisfied" with England's current World Cup performance as he is "all about winning", according to his childhood football coach.

Clive Ellington told Good Morning Britain how proud he was of his former student, who avoided a life of crime after excelling at playing with the Alpha and Omega Youth Club, and said the winger was always destined "bigger and better things".

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Raheem Sterling starts for England against Italy

Raheem Sterling will start for England against Italy in their opening World Cup match in Manaus tonight, ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott reports.

The 19-year-old Liverpool winger is expected to play behind striker Daniel Sturridge, with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney also in attack.

England were earlier handed a boost after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out of the game after sustaining an ankle injury.

Sterling accused of assault after text message row

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling was accused of attacking 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday following a row about a text message, Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard.

The assualt case against Raheem Sterling has been dropped. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

But, the case against Sterling was dropped when his former girlfriend failed to support the prosecution's case by giving "disappointing" evidence.

The Crown Prosecution Service withdrew its case after magistrates refused to treat Miss Halliday as a hostile witness.

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Footballer in court charged with assaulting girlfriend

Raheem Sterling pictured playing for England under 21s in August. Credit: PA

Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling will stand trial later today on charges of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.

He is said to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday.

The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court last month.

Sterling, from Woolton, was granted conditional bail and will stand trial for common assault at the same court this afternoon.

He was arrested on August 8 at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.

Miss Halliday, from Liverpool, was crowned the winner of England's Top Model of the World beauty pageant earlier this year.

Liverpool footballer accused of assaulting girlfriend

Raheem Sterling pictured playing for Liverpool in a friendly match earlier this month. Credit: PA

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling has been accused of assaulting a woman, reported to be his girlfriend.

He is said to have attacked 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday.

The 18-year-old winger entered a not guilty plea at Liverpool Magistrates' Court today, a court official said.

He spent last night in a police cell after being arrested at 10.30pm following an incident in Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling's common assault charge dropped

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling had a charge of common assault dropped today after a witness failed to turn up to court.

Liverpool footballer Raheem Sterling. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The England midfielder, 18, did not have to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court and the case was dismissed when prosecutor Rob Jones offered no evidence.

The Jamaican-born Premier League star had been accused of assaulting a woman in Toxteth, Liverpool, last November.