Former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has praised the demeanour of England international Raheem Sterling, and said that he was still a baby in football terms but is already taking giant steps.

Sterling has been at the forefront of the campaign to deal with racism in both the media and among the fans, even calling out the national newspapers in the way they report their news when it comes to black players.

With Sterling even keen on meeting the FA and Premier League hierarchy to find ways to mete out harsher punishments for racism, Wright-Phillips was full of praise to see such a mature head on a young player.

"I’ve been very impressed with Sterling this year, both on and off the pitch, and he has shown that he is the perfect role model for a new kid coming through. He has seen what it takes, he has gone and done it and dealt with the bad stuff that has come with it, that he never even had a say in," Wright-Phillips told

"People forget that Sterling is still young, in footballing terms he’s still a baby. He’s meant to be learning but he’s dealing with things that a more experienced pro should be dealing with, and doing it perfectly. He’s answered everything in the right way by letting his football do the talking. It’s very powerful what he has done."

It remains to be seen if any action will be taken by the English FA or the Premier League to tackle racism in the stands and in the national conversation, but Sterling is unlikely to relent in his fight to ensure players are not abused over their colour.