Published: Tue, November 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Raheem Sterling outside the England European Qualifier against Montenegro

Raheem Sterling outside the England European Qualifier against Montenegro

Raheem Sterling has been dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate for Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after the hostilities between Manchester City and Liverpool spilled over into the England camp.

Southgate released a statement which read: "We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday".

"One particular of the great difficulties and strengths for us is that we have been equipped to individual club rivalries from the countrywide crew".

The Manchester City player, 24, was involved in an on-field argument with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, 22, during the Reds' 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield.

'My feeling is that the honest thing for the crew is the action we have taken.

"First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me!" he wrote on his official Instagram account.

"Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point".

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"We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions get the better of me".

"We move this is why we play this sport because of our love for it".

As a result, Gomez has not, been punished, but Sterling will sit out the game on Thursday, despite apologising for the incident.

And emotions seemingly remained heightened on Monday when both players reported for England duty.

Sterling has been in impressive form for England during their qualifying campaign, scoring eight goals and providing five assists. He will miss their last home qualifier for Euro 2020 and the chance to advance, plus the team's 1000th fixture. The rest of the England players initially thought Sterling was joking, but it soon became clear that he had lost control and the pair were separated.

England plays their 1,000th senior men's worldwide on Thursday and a win at Wembley would book a spot at Euro 2020 with one qualifying game to spare.

Sterling has earned 55 caps for England, having scored 12 goals as a senior global.

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