England’s preparations for their EURO 2020 qualifiers this week have been disrupted by the ongoing spat between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez.
The pair initially clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Man City at Anfield on Sunday, with the Merseyside giants moving eight points clear of their Premier League title rivals as a result and gradually emerging as the smart option to win big this season with the help of the likes of Bet Share.
However, it appears as though tensions and emotions were still running high when they reported for England duty on Monday as the FA later confirmed that Sterling would play no part against Montenegro on Thursday following rumours of an altercation with Gomez in the canteen at the England camp.
According to Sky Sports, the City ace was thought to be engaging in banter at first when he approached Gomez and asked “you think you’re the big man now?” as the Liverpool defender was laughing with some of his other teammates.
That in turn subsequently led to the incident getting physical with Sterling said to have tried to grab him by the neck before their England teammates separated them and diffused the situation.
Sterling has since taken to his Instagram page to clear the matter up and insist that the pair have put the incident behind them, while it remains to be seen if he’s selected by Gareth Southgate for the qualifier against Kosovo on Sunday.
As seen in the image in the Sky Sports article though, Gomez sported a scratch on his cheek during training on Tuesday, and so that would perhaps suggest that things were more physical than reported for him to come away with an injury.
For Southgate though, the challenge will now be to get the players focused on the task in hand as they look to end their qualifying campaign in style with or without Sterling on the pitch in midweek.
As for domestic matters, Liverpool continue to lead the way after making a brilliant start to the campaign to emerge as early favourites for the title and now with an eight-point lead in their favour, it piles the pressure on City to avoid any further slip-ups as it could prove to be hugely costly.