England forward Raheem Sterling has defended his new M16 assault rifle tattoo after it was branded “disgusting” by an anti-gun campaigner.
The 23-year-old, who plays for Premier League champions Manchester City, posted a picture of himself training with his England teammates at St George’s Park.
The tattoo of an assault rifle on his right calf clearly visible.
Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns after her son Damian was shot dead outside a club in central London in July 2002, said the ink was “totally unacceptable”.
Sterling plays for Premier League side Manchester City
She told The Sun: “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.”