Sterling dropped from England squad after disturbance


Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling will not play in England’s European Qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday due to a disturbance at their St George’s Park training complex.

England manager Gareth Southgate said that “emotions were still raw” after Sterling was involved in a clash with Joe Gomez towards the end of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

It is understood the pair were again involved 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.”

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

“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.

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