England boss Gareth Southgate defends his decision to axe Raheem Sterling for Montenegro clash after bust-up with Joe Gomez
Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to axe Raheem Sterling for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday.
The Manchester City forward was involved in an extraordinary bust-up with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez at St George’s Park on Monday.
The incident came after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over their title rivals on Sunday and tensions boiled over when they met up for international duty less than 24 hours later.
Southgate offered an opening statement to the assembled media in which he reiterated Sterling’s admission that he had become heated.
In doing so Southgate appeared to absolve Gomez.
“Raheem in his post last night explained for a very brief moment his emotions ran over.
“It would be correct to say that’s not the same for Joe,” he said.
“We are dealing with a very young squad in a sport where emotions often run high. “These things happen in football. My priority is always the care and well being of all my players. All my players.
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“Then you have a decision to make as to whether there needs to be something further, which is my reasoning for not selecting Raheem for the game on Thursday.
“I’m the manager and I’ve made a decision that I felt was appropriate.”
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Source: SportsLatest TS