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England's Raheem Sterling pays tribute to Crystal Palace youth player after goal

Shaka Hislop says the attributes that helped Raheem Sterling score his first England hat trick didn't exist in his game 18 months ago.
Raheem Sterling scored his first international hat trick and won a penalty kick as England thumped the Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Raheem Sterling revealed a t-shirt memorializing a young footballer after scoring the second of his three goals for England in a 5-0 victory over Czech Republic on Friday.

The tribute in a European Championship qualifier could lead to action by governing body UEFA, however.

Damary Dawkins, a Crystal Palace youth team player who had been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for four years, died on Sunday aged 13.

Sterling's t-shirt under his England jersey had a photo of Dawkins and the message "May your soul rest in peace."

The laws of football state that "players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer's logo."

The law introduced in 2014 states that an offending player has to be sanctioned by the competition organiser.

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