Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Raheem Sterling has silenced his critics and ‘learned the game’ since falling under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage at the Etihad.

Stationed out wide for City and England and blessed with lightning quick pace Sterling is in many ways the 35 year old’s successor for both club and country and speaking exclusively to 888sport Shaun Wright-Phillips – now playing for Pheonix Rising in the MLS – is effusive about what he’s seeing from across the pond.

“Under Pep he has improved a lot. Obviously when he was at Liverpool they were a more direct playing team while City play a lot more football so to no longer just play off the shoulder he’s come to learn the game. He has settled in well after a bit of stick he was getting last year and it’s nice to see him bounce back and silence the critics. People don’t understand sometimes how mentally hard it is and he has answered them in the right way; he didn’t go out and do anything silly but did his talking on the football pitch. Now he’s in the spotlight for all the good things.”

 Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Wright-Phillips, including his thoughts on why Kevin De Bruyne isn’t the most important City player