Southgate – England remain united despite row
England boss Gareth Southgate insists his squad remain a close group following the fall-out between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez.
Southgate made the decision to drop Sterling after he clashed with Gomez on Monday morning after the England squad met up at St George’s Park.
The pair reportedly clashed in the canteen and Sterling tried to grab the Liverpool stopper around his neck. Gomez has been left with a mark above his eye but the Manchester City winger was quick to apologise to the group after being invited back by Southgate.
Reports claim the pair have made up and are now training together this week. Sterling will still miss Thursday’s game with Montenegro but may be recalled for Sunday’s trip to Kosovo.
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The argument between Sterling and Gomez is likely to cause a few rifts but Southgate says everyone is focused on the task at hand.
He told reporters: “The decision has been made not to consider Raheem for the game on Thursday and that’s the end of the matter for me. We have to move forward and that’s why keeping the group together was the most important thing.
“As emotions calmed yesterday, that was still a possibility. Everybody worked that through and I’m very impressed with the players.
“I love all of my players. We are like a family and all families have disagreements. The most important thing for any family is that you communicate those disagreements and work through them.”
Several senior figures in the camp are thought to have got involved and smoothed matters during training.
England look in an excellent position to challenge for their first major honour since the 1966 World Cup, having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia in 2018.