"I thought it was a great team performance, the boys played really well," said Sterling.
"I would like to thank them all for supporting me through a rough patch too, as I haven't scored for England in a while. It was good to get the goal and I am really pleased that we started the tournament with a win."
He added: "It was a bit of a relief to score, I tried to be patient after hitting the post and having a few chances in the first-half. But I thought it was coming, waited for my chance to come, and it did and I was grateful for it."