Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool FC team-mate Raheem Sterling will force his way into England's World Cup squad if he maintains his current high standards.

The resurgent 19-year-old winger produced another impressive performance in Sunday's thrilling 5-3 victory over Stoke City .

It was his 10th successive start for the Reds and Gerrard has been delighted by the youngster's form.

Sterling hasn't featured for England since Roy Hodgson handed him his senior debut against Sweden in November 2012.

However, with Arsenal's Theo Walcott ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, Hodgson is assessing his wide options for the summer and Gerrard insists Sterling has all the qualities needed to fill the void.

“I said to Raheem after the game: 'You keep your performance at that level and you are going to make it very difficult for Roy Hodgson not to take you',” Gerrard said.

“Hopefully he can build on the confidence from his recent performances and finish the season really strongly.

“He's in top form at a fantastic time. I'm obviously very disappointed for Theo with his injury but I'm sure Roy Hodgson is looking out for who is going to replace him and Raheem's performances of late have been sensational.

“There's many candidates - Aaron Lennon is playing well, Andros Townsend, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back. But if you are looking at like for like, pace and threat down the wing, someone who can make, score and create, then Raheem has got a fantastic chance.

“He's got all the tools to do it, it's up to him now. If you are a full-back you don't want to play against pace and especially when it's coming at you all the time.

“Raheem keeps going and going, even if he makes a mistake. He's a fit lad who is relentless and he's a team player too.