Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

"'I thought they were booing me!" - Mount stunned by Gomez's England boos

Raheem Sterling was forced to take to social media following England's emphatic 7-0 hammering of Montenegro after Gomez was booed from a small section of the Wembley crowd after coming on as a substitute.

The Manchester City star took to Twitter to support his colleague on Thursday night, and rightly so.

It was hard for me to see my team mate get booed for something that was my fault.

"I've taken full responsibility and accepted the effect".

Sterling was left out of the side as a disciplinary measure, but will return to the line-up at the weekend.

"To be on the same pitch with him, training with him every day, it's always nice to have that type of player to learn from".

"I am hugely disappointed for Joe".

"But we feel the team [against Montenegro] was extremely young, the squad is young".

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Southgate has been looking to play 4-3-3 ever since the World Cup but recently admitted that he might have to revert to three at the back because England can not get enough midfield control. "All the players are particularly disappointed with that".

More damaging by far, though were the boos directed at Gomez which spiralled out of this incident - reminiscent of the occasionally poisonous atmosphere in the national stadium in the late 2000s, which reached a bewildering apogee when Joleon Lescott was targeted in 2009 for the apparent crime of leaving Everton for Manchester City.

Gomez booed by some #eng supporters inside the stadium as he comes on.

Southgate will also look at resting defender Harry Maguire, which would open the door to Joe Gomez or Tyrone Mings. As unusual as it may sound, fans tend to side with someone who scores goals as opposed to someone who plays on defense.

The central charm of Southgate's England project has not been the more progressive football which has been played, or even the increase in performance levels which has taken England to a World Cup semi-final and the Nations League finals.

"And that's key, because you'll all remember plenty of tournaments where we've had a key injury on the eve of the tournament and then we've all been in meltdown about what might happen". Going into tournaments like that, we need that.

Speaking before the game, Southgate revealed that Sterling's punishment would only last for the Wembley fixture and he would recall the forward for the match against Kosovo in Prishtina on Sunday. "We see all the videos".

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