Raheem Sterling has been dropped from the England squad to face Montenegro on Thursday after an altercation with teammate Joe Gomez during a training session.
The two players confronted one another towards the end of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, and it appears as though the bad blood has spilled over into England duty.
Following reports of the bust-up on Monday, the FA confirmed that Sterling had been dropped from the squad, with the organisation only 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,” manager Gareth Southgate confirmed.
“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.
“First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me,” he said. “
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me. We move, this is why we play this sport because of our love for it.
England are yet to seal qualification for Euro 2020, but their fate is still very much in their own hands. Victory against Montenegro on Thursday would book their place in the competition, while a poor result for Kosovo against the Czech Republic on the same night would also be enough for the Three Lions.
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