How the Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez bust-up played out on England duty

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 14: Raheem Sterling of England in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Manchester City forward has been told by England manager Gareth Southgate that he won’t be a part of the squad that will face Montenegro on Thursday.

Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez got involved in a spectacular bust-up at the St. James Park on Monday, only a day after they clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Man City.

The Manchester City forward has since then accepted his mistake and issued a statement on his Instagram page, but that hasn’t stopped England manager Gareth Southgate from axing him from his side’s upcoming UEFA Euro qualifier against Montenegro.

However, while the player will play no part in England’s Thursday night game, he will stay in the camp with his national teammates and could make an appearance against Kosovo on Sunday.

And now Sky Sports have given a detailed account of how the bust-up panned out between the two England senior team players, with the account clearly showing that it was the Man City forward who started the melee with his aggressive behavior.

How the bust-up played out?

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Sterling had engaged in an altercation with Gomez during the closing stages of his team’s defeat at Anfield which left the reigning Premier League champions falling nine-points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League table.

Sky Sports News reports that as Sterling entered the player’s canteen at St. George’s Park on Monday, he reacted angrily to the way Gomez, who was already present there, was laughing with his national teammates. The Man City forward then followed up by telling Gomez: “You think you’re the big man now?”

His sentence lead to further laughter in the room with those present thinking of it as ‘banter’. It was only after Sterling walked up to his Liverpool counterpart and tried to grab him by his neck that the other players came to know that something strange was going on.

Daily Mail reports that the incident was particularly surprising to the Liverpool players who were on national duty with Gomez. They thought that the pair’s Sunday’s altercation was behind them as both Gomez and Sterling had supposedly made peace after the full-time whistle at Anfield.

It is further reported that nobody knows the cause behind Sterling’s eruption, though there are rumors that Sterling was unhappy at the way he was lampooned at the social media for not being able to hold his ground during his physical altercation with Gomez on Sunday.


Sterling has issued statement on the incident

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City in action during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Rotherham United at Etihad Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Although Sterling apologized to Gomez following their bust-up and has also issued a statement on his Instagram account, he will still sit out England’s game against Montenegro.

“First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me,” said Sterling.

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 Joe 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.”

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