England coach Gareth Southgate has revealed why he dropped Raheem Sterling from the England squad.
The news that is grabbing the English Football media world right now is how Raheem Sterling was sent home by Gareth Southgate for poor behaviour.
Raheem Sterling was involved in an altercation with Joe Gomez of Liverpool in a training ground bust up on Monday. The provocative action was clearly a residual expulsion of emotions from the high tempo game on Sunday between Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Reds hosted City with Liverpool winning 3-1 on the night. Joe Gomez came on as a late sub and got involved in a fight with Raheem Sterling on the pitch, The tempers were flying high and clearly had not come down until the next day.
Speaking on Tuesday, Southgate refused to go into specific details about the row, but said: “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.”
“It is important to be as fair as possible with any decision making, whether that is a senior player of junior player,” Southgate said.
“Quite a number of our senior players have been active in discussions. That is an important process because I want to get a feel for where we are as a group.
“But then I’m the manager and I have certain decisions that are my responsibility. I always have to find the right solution for the group and that’s a very difficult line.
“We have a very good understanding of the way that we have worked over the last couple of years, which has brought us a lot of togetherness that is still there.
“We are a united group. Now we have to turn our focus onto the football. We have a hugely important qualifier to reach a European Championship. I’m speaking now because we are drawing a line under it and moving forward as a team.”