Man City’s Raheem Sterling asked Liverpool ace Joe Gomez question to spark England bust-up | Football | Sport
Raheem Sterling sparked a fresh bust-up with Joe Gomez by asking the defender if he was “still the big man” at England’s training base.
Raheem Sterling and Gomez were involved in a row on Monday after reporting to St George’s Park ahead of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.
The fracas, which came a day after Sterling and Gomez squared up during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City, were sparked after the winger provoked his England team-mate.
Witnesses claim Sterling asked Gomez if he was “still the big man” – a question the Liverpool ace was left fuming over but did not rise to.
Sterling apologised to Joe Gomez and his England team-mates but that has not stopped Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate from axing the City star for Thursday night’s clash against Montenegro at Wembley.
Southgate said: “We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.
“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.
“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.”
Sterling, whose question shocked Gomez after the duo appeared to bury the hatchet following Liverpool’s win on Sunday, has since posted a statement on social media addressing the training base bust-up, which he says was a result of emotions getting the better of him.
“First and foremost everyone knows what this game means to me!” Sterling said.
“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 get 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.”
Sterling may return to the fold on Sunday when England carry on their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Kosovo in Pristina.