Paul Merson has claimed that England forward Raheem Sterling should win Euro 2020’s Player of the Tournament award.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed an inspired run in the competition so far, scoring three goals in six matches and assisting one more.
Sterling also won the vital penalty that helped the Three Lions see of Denmark in Wednesday evening’s semi, and Merson is in little doubt as to how significant his contribution has been to his side’s progression to the final.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "What more can you say about Raheem Sterling? The kid is phenomenal. His strength of character, his fitness and the way he runs at players. His mental strength is phenomenal, and I'm so pleased for him. He gets a lot of stick this kid, and I say kid because he's still so young.
"For me, he's been the player of the tournament. He's been outstanding from the very first minute of the tournament right up until the end of extra time on Wednesday. Look at the run he makes at the end of extra-time. It's just phenomenal.”
Merson also reserved praise for Sterling’s City teammate Kyle Walker, who put in a stellar display against the Danes.
He added: "I've also got to give someone a mention, who again I thought was outstanding against Denmark and it's Kyle Walker.
"He was brilliant. I thought his pace and everything else about his performance was top drawer."