English professional footballer, Raheem Sterling, is happy to be in his homeland Jamaica to participate in activities associated with the official visit to the island of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate.
Sterling told Loop News he received a personal invitation from the Duke to be at a friendly football match at Vin Lawrence Park in Trench Town, St Andrew, which was organised as part of the Royal couple’s three-day visit on behalf of the Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee.
The Athletic reported Tuesday that Sterling was permitted to delay meeting up with his England teammates to attend the event in Jamaica. He is expected to check in to England’s training base on Wednesday, The Athletic said.
Speaking to Loop News on Tuesday afternoon, he said was pleased to be able to bring some amount of joy to the people of Trench Town, as he was greeted with loud cheers when he approached and interacted with people gathered at the location before the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“It’s nice to get the invitation to be here. The people are excited, and it’s nice to be here.
“They send a personal invitation to my team. I don’t get the opportunity to really come by very often, and it’s nice to be able to, especially to come back to Jamaica and be here and meet them [Royal couple],” Sterling said.
He said he had previously met the couple briefly while donning the colours of England. Sterling said it was significant that he was getting an opportunity to meet them in his homeland.
Sterling was born in Jamaica but emigrated to England at the age of seven. He started playing football with Liverpool in 2010, making his debut as a 17-year-old in March 2012. He later transferred to his current club, Manchester City.