Raheem Sterling dropped by England after attempting to grab Joe Gomez by the neck one day after their match at the Anfield last Sunday.
Raheem Sterling has not had the best of time since landing foot at Anfield earlier this weekend. The Manchester City star was subject to boos by the home crowd while he looked on as Liverpool beat them 3-1.
Sterling was also involved in an altercation with England teammate Joe Gomez when he went in for a hard shoulder challenge. Gomez then lifted him before shoving him away. Sterling’s week has now gone from bad to worse after being sensationally dropped from England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.
Raheem Sterling dropped by England after attempting to grab Joe Gomez by the neck
According to The Telegraph, Sterling attempted to provoke a physical confrontation when the pair met at St George’s park. Gomez approached Sterling, who was sitting down in the canteen, from behind and leant over to shake his hand. However, he was shocked when Sterling attempted to grab him by the neck.
Sterling asked Gomez if he still thought he was the ‘Big Man’; all the while attempting to get a reaction from the 22-year old. However, Gomez refused to give in to Sterling’s demand for an altercation and took a step back instead.
Raheem Sterling has since apologised to Joe Gomez and the rest of the England squad for his behaviour. He has also released a statement regarding the incident on his Instagram.
While the pair have since made up, Sterling has not escaped retribution. He will now sit out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as punishment.
A statement released by the Football Association said:
“The FA can confirm Raheem Sterling will not be considered for Thursday’s EURO 2020 qualifier against Montenegro as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George’s Park today. He will remain with the squad.”
In a statement on the FA’s website, England boss Gareth 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.”
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