Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling has been sensationally dropped from England’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro. The development came after a remarkable bust-up with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.
England boss Gareth Southgate took the decision after players witnessed Sterling re-ignite a row; which started at Anfield on Sunday.
Sterling is understood to have still been simmering after the title showdown which City lost 3-1. Subsequently, he immediately continued the row when they reported up at St George’s Park on Monday.
Manchester City star Sterling is understood to have tried to provoke a reaction from Gomez when he confronted him. Witnesses said they heard him ask the Liverpool defender whether he was “still the big man.
Gomez kept his cool and resisted getting involved. However, he was left fuming by the row and was shocked that Sterling would react in such a way.
It is understood that Sterling later apologised to his England team mate. But it was not enough for Southgate who decided to take the extraordinary action.
Sterling has since admitted that emotions got the better of him. Further, he insisted that he and Gomez had moved on from the row.
He also said he was fully behind the Three Lions for Thursday’s qualifier against Montenegro.
Gomez shocked by latest confrontation with Raheem Sterling
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling will remain with the squad and could play against Kosovo. Nevertheless, Southgate wanted to make a statement after the row.
Southgate said: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.
“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.
“My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad; it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”
It is believed Gomez was still angry after the row. However, Southgate will be hoping his action has defused the row.
The pair had shaken hands and embraced after the row at the end of the game at Anfield.