Sunday , September 20 2020

England vs Montenegro: Rahim Sterling will miss Wembley Euro 2020 qualification


England teammates Jo Gomez and Raheem Sterling during Sunday's Premier League match at Anfield, where Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1

England footballer Raheem Sterling will not play in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday "as a result of a disturbance in the private team area", the Football Association announced.

The Manchester City player, 24, was involved in an on-field dispute with Liverpool defender Oeo Gomez, 22, during the Reds' 3-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.

The media association said the pair were re-involved in the exchange on Monday.

"Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday's game were still harsh," England boss Gareth Southgate said.

"One of the biggest challenges and strengths for us is that we managed to separate the club's rivals from the national team.

"We made the decision not to consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the real thing for the team is the action we took.

"Now that the decision has been made with the whole squad, it's important to support the players and focus on Thursday night."

England play its 1,000th. senior international male on Thursday and Wembley's victory will reserve place at Euro 2020 with a qualifying save match.

The three lions are at the top of Group A qualifying for Euro 2020, three clear of the Czech Republic and four ahead of Kosovo with the first two nations advancing.

The win on the Southgate side will see them qualified, and will be enough if the match between the Czech Republic and Kosovo also ends in a draw.

England then played their last group match of the week in Kosovo.

Sterling, who joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015, has made 55 appearances for England, scoring 12 times and recording a 5-1 win over Podgorica in March, with Gomez appearing seven times for the national team.

However, Gomez has struggled for Liverpool's first league action this season and started just one Premier League game.

Sterling started 11 Premier League games in the 2019-20 season and has scored 14 times in 17 appearances in all competitions for his club, as well as four times for England.

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