The English national forward Raheem Sterling won’t play in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday because of a rumoured fight he started with Joe Gomez in training.
Raheem Sterling dropped! The Football Association announced that “as a result of a disturbance in a private team area”, Raheem Sterling has been temporarily removed from the England squad.
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The 24-year-old Manchester City attacker was involved in an on-field argument with Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez, 22, during the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield.
Raheem Sterling picked up by Joe Gomez
Perhaps it was the events that took place at Anfield during the heated match between Liverpool which left the Manchester City forward unnerved during training.
During Sunday’s match Raheem Sterling (England) stormed at Joe Gomez but was simply picked up and tossed aside with ease by the Liverpool defender.
Gomez fully lifts him, Sterling would get flatlined in 0.3 seconds https://t.co/Fo1I1Q1L2r— Jordan Harris (@harrishour) November 12, 2019
Video shows Raheem sterling picked up by Joe Gomez and tossed aside.
“Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw,” said England boss Gareth Southgate. “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.”
Raheem’s removal is only temporary and he will most likely return to play for England after the Montenegro qualifier match.
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