Sterling to miss Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro

Tuesday12 November 2019 | 7:16
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England forward, Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro following a reported bust up between the Manchester City forward and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez on Monday.

Yesterday the FA announced that Sterling was dropped as a result of a "disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park", ruling him out for the Montenegro match while leaving the door open for a return against Kosovo.

The disturbance happened the day after the BIG MATCH of

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where the two were again involved.

It has been reported that the Citizens forward has violently grabbed Joe Gomez by the neck, which caused his



The Manchester City and Liverpool player were involved in the on-field argument during the two teams Premier League clash on Sunday at Anfield, which ended with the Reds 3-1 victory.

It has been reported that after the Citizens’ winger backed into the Liverpool defender, he shoved Sterling in the chest. It also has to be said that Gomez was introduced as a very late substitute. The quarrel then continued which later required the two to be separated by team-mates.

That is why now the 24-year-old forward is going to be missed out on England’s Euro 2020 qualifier match against Montenegro on Thursday.

About the two players it has to be mentioned that Sterling has earned 55 caps for England, having scored 12 goals as a senior international while Gomez has earned his first senior cap in 2017 and has gone on to represent England on seven occasions.

It also has to be mentioned that Sterling, who joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015, has made 55 appearances for England, scoring 12 times, and netted in the 5-1 away win in Podgorica in March, while Gomez has featured seven times for the national side.

What does Southgate think?

England coach, Southgate, has talked about the situation and whether this is a good decision to suspend Sterling for such an important match on Thursday or not.

"Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday's game were still raw," said England boss.

"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."

England is currently leading group A in the Euro 2020 qualifiers with 15 points, followed by Czech Republic with 12 points. The team have just two more matches against Montenegro and Kosovo. Achieving just two points from these two matches the team will qualify, while a point will also be enough if the match between the Czech Republic and Kosovo ends in a draw.

Sterling and Gomez are good

Raheem Sterling admitted emotions got the better of him in a bust-up with Joe Gomez, but the England star is moving on after being dropped.

In a post on Instagram, Sterling said it was time to move on, but admitted he had let his emotions get the better of him during the incident.

"First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me!" he wrote on his official Instagram account.

"Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point ... 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.

"We move. This is why we play this sport because of our love for it. Me and @joegomez5 are good we both understand it was a 5-10 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."

Besides England’s match against Montenegro on Thursday which will be held at Wembley, the two teams will continue their Premier League competitions after the international break, where Manchester City will face Chelsea and Liverpool are set to face Crystal Palace.

source: SportMob
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