England manager Gareth Southgate: "I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training.I'm pleased for him, it is a special night for him.
"I think he's really matured as a person and a footballer. He's hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much."
Former England midfielder Joe Cole: "His development is going through the roof and his decision-making is getting better and better. He's turning himself into a midfielder with a striker's mindset. It's a great achievement to score a hat-trick for England."
Ex-England striker Ian Wright:"Raheem has brought his Man City form into his England play. The fans know what he's been through so of course they're going to get behind him.
"Pep tells him to get into those areas and you saw his determination to get into the box."
Former England defender Lee Dixon:"Pep has given Raheem that belief in his own ability. We've all criticised his finishing at times but now he has that confidence."
Ex-England winger Chris Waddle: "Expectations have always been high on Raheem Sterling. Would he go on and be the player England hoped he would be? He is now getting better and is playing in a team full of confidence - whether it is Manchester City or England."