Sterling defended by England after getting tattoo of a gun

May 29, 2018
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England's Raheem Sterling visibly showing a tattoo on his leg during a training session at St George's Park, Burton, England Monday May 28, 2018 as the England team prepares for the upcoming soccer World Cup. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — England has offered its support to Raheem Sterling after the winger got a tattoo of a gun on his right leg.

The 23-year-old forward posted a picture of himself training with his England teammates ahead of the World Cup, with a tattoo of an assault rifle clearly visible on his right calf.

In a post on Instagram, Sterling said “when I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death. I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning.”

Sterling has received criticism from anti-gun campaigners.

The Football Association said Tuesday “we all support Raheem Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave via Instagram.”

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