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Rahim Sterling out of England game after 'disruption' with teammate oeo Gomez | News from the UK


Raheem Sterling has been removed from England's European qualifier against Montenegro in a row with teammate at the Three Lions training complex.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said "the emotions are still cruel" after Sterling clashed with Oeo Gomez at the end of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.

A day later, the couple clashed in the "private team area" of St George's Park – an incident that FA described as "disturbing".

Sterling was subsequently withdrawn from England's selection at Wembley on Thursday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Raheem Sterling of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium on September 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo: James Williams - AMA / Getty Images)
Sterling will not play for England against Montenegro on Thursday

Southgate said: "We have made a decision not to consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday.

"One of the biggest challenges and strengths for us is that we managed to separate the club's rivals from the national team. Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday's game were still harsh.

"My feeling is that the real thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the whole squad, it is important to support the players and focus on Thursday night."

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Commenting on the incident, Sterling wrote on Instagram: "Both I and I had words and we understood things and went on.

"We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am kind enough to admit when emotions are better than me.

"This is why we play sports because of our love for it. I and oeo are good, and we both understand that it was 5-10 seconds. It was made to go ahead and not make it bigger than it is."

England play Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday before facing Kosovo on Sunday, requiring just one point from the two Euro 2020 placements.

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