ESPN – Raheem Sterling fails to fire as sluggish England draw with Ireland

Neither side threatened the goal too often as the Republic of Ireland and England played out a scoreless draw. Raheem Sterling battles for the ball as England failed to break through. DUBLIN — Three quick thoughts from the 0-0 draw as Ireland held England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday. 1. England's pace issue holds them back The presence of Raheem Sterling on the left side of England's midfield should have ensure that pace could be injected into their attacking bursts on a sun soaked day in Dublin, yet the Liverpool winger's indifferent performance contributed to a lacklustre display from Roy Hodgson's men. The decision to replace Sterling with Andros Townsend after…