England player Raheem Sterling has been dropped from playing against Montenegro by Gareth Southgate after having bust up with a teammate.
The Football Association said Sterling had been axed “as a result of a disturbance in a private team area”.
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The Man City star confirmed on social media that he had “a five to 10 second thing” with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez within in the England camp, rumoured to include a headlock.
The duo also had an on-field argument during the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Sterling said via his Instagram account on Tuesday. “Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.
“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it – me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10 second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.
“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday”
England boss Gareth Southgate said: “Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.
“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. 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.”
Fans took to give their reaction to Raheem Sterling being dropped from the England lineup to face Montentegro – see those tweets on the next page.