The news of the fight between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez is rather well documented.
However, what was surprising was that it was leaked first to the media before the English national team came forward with an official statement. It was a rather strange case, specially for one man Gareth Southgate.
“There seems to be all sort of information being passed from so many different areas,” he told reporters.
“This is a consequence of the England football team at the moment. That is a very difficult situation and something we have to think about getting forward.
“The team getting out, information getting out – there seems to be so many voices in the background. That’s something I have to accept and deal with. Every player has had an opportunity to speak to me if they want to and my view was the group is ready to move forward.”
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” he said in Nizhny Novgorod. “There’s a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out.
“For me, no drama but obviously any time if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team is a disadvantage to us. So, of course, our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But, given that was just a squad list, it doesn’t make any difference really.”
Sterling has been sent off for the qualifiers as Southgate looks to settle the matter and make England qualify by next week.