ESPN's Mark Ogden noted that Sterling's finishing touch has been an issue thoughout the entire World Cup campaign, and to an extent the numbers bear that out, with the BBC's interactive player ratings seeing him given the lowest mark of anyone in the England side.
To do so, and seal their first World Cup final in 52 years, England will need to see off a Croatia side who thrashed Argentina in the group stage and edged Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties to reach the last four.
He scored quite a few for Manchester City because of the way they play, but that is not what he is going to do (with England).
Everyone is talking about Raheem Sterling right now.
Speaking to reporters in Moscow a day after his side's dramatic quarter-final win over hosts Russia, Dalic was asked about England's strengths and weaknesses.
To reach the semi finals of a world cup. WOW!
Two moments from England's first half against Sweden made the highlight reel for Raheem Sterling - first when he was deemed just offside after being one-on-one with the keeper, secondly when he failed to beat the Swedish custodian from a close range.
"The way Raheem's handled everything from when we met up until now has been incredible", said Dier.
"And the most magnificent thing is he is 23 years old, so he is still focused, keeping the desire to get better, as a player".
Midfielder Eric Dier says that England and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Kieran Trippier deserves the recognition that he has received for his recent performances. "His work ethic is fantastic as well." he said.
"Every player wants to win the World Cup, every country wants to win the World Cup, so anything less than that is not really a bonus".
Sterling received criticism prior to the World Cup when a British tabloid targeted him for having a gun tattooed on his leg.
Beckham admitted he didn't see the negative social media comments about Sterling, but agreed with his former United team-mate that the criticism was not justified.