Those who questioned the price tag were right to do so at the time, because it seems like it has weighed heavy on Sterling’s shoulders.
Being surrounded by the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva should improve your game, but there have been few signs of progress.
Sterling has lost his confidence and shine, to such an extent that he is no longer guaranteed to start when England face Russia in their first game on June 11.
He might be quick, but there is little end product and others have now caught and overtaken him in terms of their importance to Hodgson. The credit he had in the bank has been spent.
Sterling, who has scored twice in 21 international appearances, has not helped himself in the past with some dubious decisions and behaviour off the pitch.