Gareth Southgate has admitted he doesn’t expect Raheem Sterling to be overly ‘enthusiastic’ with Joe Gomez at the moment, after an altercation at St. George’s Park resulted in the forward being dropped for England’s upcoming Montenegro clash.
The pair squared up during Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, with the feud seemingly failing to subsidise as Sterling confronted Gomez once more with the bad blood spilling over into England duty.
It was confirmed by the FA on Monday that Sterling would not be considered for England’s clash against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday as a result of the incident, but would be available for the final Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Kosovo.
While the City winger posted a message expressing regret at his actions, Southgate confessed he doesn’t expect the 24-year-old to be best pleased with his Three Lions teammate.
“I wouldn’t imagine that he’s hugely enthusiastic – but I can understand that,” Southgate said i
“He’s with the group, that’s the most important thing. He’s a massive part of what we do – has been, will be.
While the England squad has been hailed for its ability to differentiate between club rivalries and shifting focus to the national team – given that all bar-two of the 27-man squad play in the Premier League – the latest setback shouldn’t be of concern, according to Harry Maguire.
“Everybody mixes. We all share tables and share jokes and laughs together,” the Manchester United defender said.