However, his agent has insisted that the 20-year-old had lent the vehicle to a friend, and that he had nothing to do with the incident. After the crash the Mercedes was left on a street in London, with a crumpled bonnet and the nitrous oxide in the front seat footwell.
This is not the first time that the England international has been linked with ‘hippy crack’, having been caught taking it twice before. Last April the forward was filmed inhaling the gas with friends at his home, and just weeks later he was seen doing it on a yacht in Ibiza.
Although the player isn’t thought to have been involved this time, the incident does bring in to question the type of people the footballer is hanging around with. With Sterling set to be in the public eye even more after his big-money move to Man City from Liverpool.
“The Merc was in London for days after the smash — it was just left on the street. Raheem wasn’t in the car at the time, he was training in Manchester. It looks like he lent it to a mate,” A source said, “Raheem needs to think about whether he’s hanging around with the right kind of people, especially as he is such a high-profile star.”