Former England striker backs Southgate’s decision to axe Sterling after Gomez clash


Stan Collymore thinks England boss Gareth Southgate was right to drop Raheem Sterling after the player reportedly instigated a training ground bust-up with Joe Gomez.

Raheem Sterling won’t line-up to face Montenegro in England’s Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday after the winger initiated a training ground bust-up with Joe Gomez.

The incident follows on from an on-field argument between the pair on Sunday when both squared up to each other as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1.

England boss Gareth Southgate insisted “emotions were still raw” during the training session and explained he had taken the decision to not include Sterling because it was the “right thing” for the team.

Former England striker Stan Collymore backs Southgate’s decision and shared his reasons for doing so on on Twitter.

“1. Sterling bowled in thinking his status gave him a pass to react 24 hrs on,” Collymore tweeted.

“2. Gareth is nothing if not a stickler for a harmonious squad.

“3. Manager now looks strong.

“4. Players know nobody is getting Golden Generation treatment.

“5. Raheem learns lesson.

“6. Everyone wins.”

England are currently top of their qualifying group with 15 points and a win at Wembley on Thursday would book the Three Lions a spot at Euro 2020 with a game to spare.

And while Sterling has 55 caps compared to Gomez’s seven, Southgate insisted his decision to axe the City winger from the upcoming game has the backing of the entire squad.

“Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw,” said Southgate.

“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.

“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. 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.”

Sterling bowled in thinking his status gave him a pass to react 24 hrs on


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