Raheem Sterling has been axed by England manager Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after the hostilities between Manchester City and Liverpool spilt over into the England camp.
Liverpool beat Sterling’s City 3-1 over the weekend to move nine points clear of the defending Premier League champions at the top of the table.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates after a “physical confrontation” in which the City forward grabbed his Three Lions teammate by the throat.
The incident comes just a day after the duo clashed during the weekend’s top-of-the-table battle in the Premier League.
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In a statement issued by the Football Association, 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.
“My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with theagreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”
Sterling has been one of the stars of England’s qualification campaign, scoring eight goals in six games.
A draw against Montenegro at Wembley will be enough to guarantee England’s place at Euro 2020.