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Sterling says gun tattoo is to honour dad

The England and Manchester City star showed off his new ink while preparing for the World Cup and revealed the reason behind the gun tattoo on his leg.
He has come in for criticism for for the design with headlines claiming he’s ‘shot himself in the foot’ and attracted the attention of anti-gun activists.
Lucy Cope, who founded group Mothers Against Guns, told the Sun: “This tattoo is disgusting. Raheem should hang his head in shame. It’s totally unacceptable.
“We demand he has the tattoo lasered off or covered up with a different tattoo. If he refuses he should be dropped from the England team. He’s supposed to be a role model but chooses to glamorise guns.”
Piers Morgan has also hit out, claiming the defence of the tattoo was ‘weird and sad’.
He responded to a tweet by Gary Lineker writing: “So you think it’s perfectly OK for an England football star to tattoo a large assault rifle onto his leg just before a World Cup, where it will be seen by billions of people? I find THAT pretty weird & sad, regardless of his explanation.”
However Sterling says the tattoo is a tribute to his father, who was gunned down when he was a child.
He wrote on Instagram: “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 N still unfinished.”
Sterling, 23, helped Manchester City to the title this year as they became the first team in history to earn 100 points.
The former Liverpool ace scored 18 Premier League goals and another five in other competitions.
He is expected to be a key player for Gareth Southgate in Russia next month as England look to impress at the World Cup.
England kick off their campaign against Tunisia on June 18 before games against Panama and Belgium in Group G.

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