Raheem Sterling has apologised to fans over his row with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez following Manchester City’s loss to the Reds, weekend.
Concise News had reported that England manager Gareth Southgate had dropped Raheem Sterling from the team to play European Qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday following the row.
Southgate said that “emotions were still raw” after Sterling was involved in a clash with Gomez towards the end of the match.
Also, the pair were again involved in a row in the St George’s Park canteen after meeting up for England duty on Monday, leading to Sterling’s withdrawal from selection for the game with Montenegro at Wembley.
No details of the incident were revealed, although the FA confirmed Sterling remains with the squad following the “disturbance in a private team area.”
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday,” Southgate said.
“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.”
While reacting to the development, Sterling issued a statement, saying he has “moved on” from the incident.
“First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me!” Sterling wrote.
“Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point. Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.
“We move this is why we play this sport because of our love for it. Me and [Gomez] are good we both understand it was a 5-10 second thing it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.
“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday.”