England's national football team will be without the goals of Raheem Sterling in the European Championship qualifier against Montenegro. The English Association announced that the Manchester City striker has been removed from the squad for the match on Thursday (8:45 pm). The reason: There was a dispute between the 24-year-old and Liverpool's Joe Gomez at the team hotel.
We can confirm that @ sterling7 will not be considered for Thursday's # EURO2020 qualifier: https://t.co/dsVfgitdSm- England (@England) November 11, 2019
There were no details from the participants. The starting point of the dispute but should have been the top match of the English Premier League last Sunday. With Liverpool, Gomez won 3-1 against Sterling's Manchester City; The Reds stand as championship leader now nine points ahead of City. Both professionals were in conflict towards the end of the game in Anfield. English media write that both had continued this dispute in the team hotel now.
Sterling announced that the matter had been resolved. "We're doing sports, the emotions are boiling up there and I was just overwhelmed with my feelings," wrote the striker on Instagram. It was a five-to-ten-second thing. According to "Guardian" Sterling has already apologized.
The FA said in a statement that Sterling may stay with the team. England boss coach Gareth Southgate said it was the right decision. "We have to separate the rivalries between clubs in the national team," he said. This was not successful. "Unfortunately, the emotions were still very heated." Why only Sterling was punished was not known.
England still face Montenegro and Kosovo (17 November) in the European Championship qualifiers. With 15 points from six games, the team is unlikely to participate in the 2020 finals. Sterling has a large share of the previous successes. He scored eight goals in the current qualification and prepared eight goals.