Sterling: I want to join England's 100 club

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The Manchester City winger needs another 82 caps to reach his target, while he believes the Three Lions' upcoming friendly with Spain will be a good litmus test ahead of Euro 2016

England and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has set a target of 100 international caps as he gears up for Friday's friendly clash with Spain.

Sterling, who completed a controversial £49m transfer from Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium before the start of the season, has settled well at City with four goals in 11 Premier League appearances.

With Sterling already finding his feet in Manchester, the 20-year-old has ambitious aims to achieve a feat only nine other English players have reached at international level.

"I am just really happy where I am, how it is going and where I can take my career from now," he said. "I'm not trying to look back on the past and I am only trying to look forward.

"Everyone has the same dreams, but I'm just trying to make those dreams a reality. I've set myself goals for every season that I go into and that's to win everything this season.

"It's just another year of trying to achieve something. I'm not going to hide anything. I want to do my best for my country and hopefully be up there with some of the best players who have played and try to achieve 100 caps in the future.

"It's a long time away, I've got 18, but 100 caps is definitely my ambition towards the end of my career."


England play Spain on Friday, followed by the visit of Euro 2016 hosts' France at Wembley four days later, and despite boasting the only 100 per cent record in qualifying, Sterling acknowledges that England face a daunting test.

"Spain have got world class players and I like to watch players from different teams," he said.

"They have really good technical players who always want to get on the ball and that is something I want to do. I always want to be on the ball and create stuff.

"Obviously for the last 12-15 months we've gone unbeaten, but this week is going to be a massive test for us against two of the big nations in Europe.

"This is where we get to see where we are for the tournament in the summer. Hopefully we can show what we can do."

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