After a training ground dispute between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez, England manager Gareth Southgate announced that he has dropped Sterling for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday evening.
Tempers flared between Gomez and Sterling during Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield where the two players went face-to-face after Gomez pushed Sterling in retaliation to Sterling barging into Gomez. The incident on the pitch was understandable considering the importance of the game and that Sterling would naturally have been frustrated that City were in danger of dropping 9 points behind their title rivals.
The tension between Sterling and Gomez continued into Monday when the players arrived at the England camp for international duty after they were involved in an argument in the St George’s Park canteen. The incident prompted Sterling’s withdrawal from the squad to face Montenegro at Wembley, with the FA describing the incident as a “disturbance in a private team area”.
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.”, said manager Gareth Southgate.
Southgate added, “One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.”