Euro 2020: Sterling takes up meditation to 'stay connected' to body

Raheem Sterling, who was at the weekend awarded an MBE for his services to racial equality in sport, said meditation helped him feel relaxed.

Raheem Sterling

England's Raheem Sterling struck the winner in the side's Euro 2020 win over Croatia.   -  Pool via Reuters

England forward Raheem Sterling has said he meditates in his downtime during the Euro 2020 to "stay connected" to his body and brain.

Sterling scored in Sunday's 1-0 win over Croatia as England began the Euros with a victory for the first time in nine attempts.

The Manchester City forward, who was at the weekend awarded an MBE for his services to racial equality in sport, said meditation helped him feel relaxed.

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"I'm doing a little bit of meds," Sterling told British media. "I try and do it before I go to sleep — get relaxed before I go to sleep. Just taking time out, being thankful and grateful for the day.

"(I'm) just trying to get connected. On the whole, not a lot of us get connected to our bodies and our brains so I am trying to get everything as one connected and be in a good place," he added.

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England faces Scotland, which lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in its opener, in its next Group D game on Friday.

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