Vinnie Jones has split opinion with comments on Raheem Sterling before World Cup semi-final

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There has been many success stories for England in their run to the World Cup semi-finals, with inexperienced names such as Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier thriving on the big stage.

But although there is a lot of positives about this England team, as always, fans of the Three Lions have found something to complain about it.

Despite qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990, England fans have vented their frustrations at the performances of Raheem Sterling.

Sterling has featured in four games so far, and although he has played well at times, his uncertainty in front of goal has attracted criticism.

In fact, on the BBC player rater, Sterling has been voted England's worst player in each of his four games.

His lowest rating occurred against Tunisia, where has was awarded an average of 4.1 out of 10 by voters, while his highest came against Panama, where he was rated 5.3.

He has been the talk of many pundits in England, and Vinnie Jones has been the next man to comment on the Manchester City forward.

And it's fair to say he has not been impressed.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Jones said: “I know there’s been a lot of criticism for Sterling.

“He is getting in all the right positions, but sometimes you look at Sterling and you think, if he didn’t have that pace he’d be playing for Exeter or someone. It’s a bit of a worry."

Ouch. A little harsh, don't you think Vinnie?

He went on to state that Jamie Vardy would have scored Sterling's chances against Sweden, hinting his belief that he should start for England in their semi-final tie against Croatia if fit.

"For me, Vardy would have scored," he continued. "He would have knocked that one in over the top, he’s got a great touch. I’m a big Vardy fan, I think he would have scored a couple against Sweden.”

It's no secret that Sterling's pace and movement is a big part of his game.

His physical attributes is where he excels, whereas his technical ability is an area in which ne needs to improve.

But to say that he would be playing for Exeter if it weren't for his pace? That's a low blow, and an unnecessary comment to make before the biggest game of his life.

Jones' comments have caused a lot of debate on Twitter, with fans divided over his criticism.

Many were not happy with Jones' comments and were quick to back Sterling.

While others could understand the point that Jones was trying to make.

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