England star Raheem Sterling has been dropped for Thursday night’s match against Montenegro after the FA confirmed there had been a ‘disturbance in a private team area’ with his national team-mate Joe Gomez.
The duo shared a heated exchange towards the end of Sunday’s crunch Premier League match at Anfield between Gomez’s Liverpool and Sterling’s Manchester City, and it appears tempers flared over into the following day at St George’s Park.
England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Sterling will not be considered for Thursday night’s match.
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday,” Southgate said.
“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.”
Matt Hughes and Sami Mokbel, who originally broke the story on Monday evening on Mail Online, reported the incident in further detail:
‘Sterling was sat down in the canteen when Gomez arrived and leant over from behind to shake his hand, leading to him to attempt to grab his team-mate by the neck.
‘The rest of the England players initially thought Sterling was joking, but it soon became clear that he had lost control and the pair were separated.’
Paul Joyce, the Northern Football Correspondent for The Times, tweeted this morning that ‘Joe Gomez has a scratch by right eye as a result of Raheem Sterling incident.’
Sterling took to Instagram after the story had broken to share his side of the story.
‘First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me! Everyone knows I am not that way inclined and more to the point. [sic] Both Joe and I have figured things out and moved on.
‘We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions get the better of me.’
Sky Sports, meanwhile, reported that Gomez ‘pleaded’ with Southgate for Sterling not to be sent home.
Clearly, Southgate decided that being dropped for Thursday night’s match was sufficient punishment; it appears likely, then, that Sterling will be back in contention for Sunday’s tougher trip to Kosovo.
Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson pull out of England squad to face Kosovo
Liverpool‘s Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have withdrawn from England’s squad to face Kosovo on Sunday.
Gomez sustained a knee injury in training after an an accidental clash with Kieran Trippier, whilst Henderson has failed to fully recover from a viral infection.
A statement from the FA confirmed:
‘Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez will miss England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo on Sunday.
‘Henderson arrived in camp with a viral infection that has not fully cleared.
‘Meanwhile, Gomez sustained a knock in training on Friday and has not recovered sufficiently enough to travel.
‘The pair now return to their club meaning England headed to Pristina with a 23-man squad.’
The latest development comes after Gomez clashed with team-mate Raheem Sterling earlier in the week at St George’s Park.
Gomez was subsequently booed by a minority of England fans at Wembley during the 7-0 win against Montenegro on Thursday evening.
In a Twitter post following the match, Sterling described this treatment as ‘wrong,’ accepting the incident was ‘my fault,’ as had widely been reported.
England manager Gareth Southgate agreed with Sterling in condemning the booing, telling Sky Sports:
“No, I don’t understand it. No England player should ever be booed.
“We’re a team, Joe has done nothing wrong, absolutely.
“I’ve made that clear earlier in the week, so I don’t understand that.
“Him and Raheem are very close and the whole team are very close so we don’t want to see anybody treated in that way.”
It’s unclear whether Gomez’s withdrawal from the squad may be linked to these events, as he was reportedly left devastated afterwards and rightly receiving close support from his manager, team-mates and family.
Henderson, meanwhile, who missed the Montenegro game through suspension, is thought to have acted as a crucial peace-maker between Gomez and Sterling due to his close relationship with both players.
Providing the injury and illness respectively aren’t too serious, the majority of Liverpool fans will likely be pleased with their withdrawal with neither Gomez or Henderson risked for what is effectively a dead-rubber in Pristina on Sunday.
England are guaranteed top spot having confirmed qualification for next summer’s European Championship as a result of Thursday night’s win, while Kosovo’s defeat against Czech Republic the same evening means they can no longer qualify for their maiden major finals via the traditional qualifying route.
They will have another chance to do so in March’s play-offs, though, due to their performance during the UEFA Nations League.
Belarus, Georgia, and one of North Macedonia or Luxembourg will stand in their way in ‘Path D’.
Liverpool target Jadon Sancho ‘looking to leave’ Borussia Dortmund
England star Jadon Sancho wants to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer, according to the Daily Mail.
This development comes as the 19-year-old has endured a rocky time of late in Germany.
In October he was fined £86,000, dropped for their crucial match against Borussia Monchengladbach, and made to train alone after he returned late from international duty with England.
Ahead of that match versus Monchengladbach, Dortmund manager Lucien Favre said his player “still has a lot to learn.”
And last weekend Sancho’s relationship with his manager took a further turn for the worse, as he was embarrassingly substituted after just 36 minutes in defeat to rivals Bayern Munich.
Favre confirmed that Sancho’s premature exit from the match was not injury related.
“He was not injured, he trained yesterday,” Favre told reporters.
“I had to go on what I was seeing and, to be honest, it was not good enough.”
Europe’s biggest clubs, such as PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester United, are reported to be circling as a result.
Liverpool, too, are thought to hold a strong interest in Sancho.
“We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him, and then we think ‘Can we get him?’ No,” Klopp said.
“English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.”
Ex-Germany and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann recently backed his former club’s interest up:
“What I hear is that Liverpool have great interest,” Hamann told Sky Germany.
“I would imagine that next summer they could become one of the bigger interested parties.
“He’s from Manchester City and I do not know if he would come back again, and it’s a thing for Manchester United, too, if they’ve ever been at the rivals.”
It’s fair to say, though, that Sancho would be a considerably higher-profile and more expensive signing than the Scot should he arrive at Anfield.
Despite his recent troubles, the explosive England international has registered an impressive three goals and five assists in eight Bundesliga starts this campaign.
He is expected to start in tonight’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after Raheem Sterling was dropped for his ‘disturbance in a private team area’ with Joe Gomez.
Germany v Ireland Odds, Match Preview, Live Stream – Irish face uphill task in Gelsenkirchen
Its Germany v Ireland, with the latest betting odds and match previews as the Irish look a touch of value at 16/1 tonight.
The Republic of Ireland face a wounded Germany side with both in need of a result in Euro 2016 qualifying.
Ireland hit the European minnows Gibraltar for seven on Saturday evening, with the LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane scoring a hat-trick.
Keane’s hat-trick means nobody has scored more goals in European Championship qualifiers than the forward.
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Germany lost their first qualification match since 2007 and first competitive game since 2012, going down to a surprise 2-0 defeat away to Poland.
Second half goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila helped the hosts to a surprising result that has blown the group wide open.
Ireland and Germany met in 2014 World Cup qualification, with Joachim Low’s easing to victories in both.
Germany hit six in Ireland, before a 3-0 win in front of their own supporters, with the injured Mesut Ozil scoring.
Ireland’s last win over Germany came in 1994, in a friendly prior to the World Cup that year, with Garry Kelly scoring!
Germany v Ireland Team news
Erik Durm will continue in defence despite a disappointing showing against Poland, with Julian Draxler also set to start.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is out injured, meaning Christophe Kramer will deputise alongside the Real Madrid man Toni Kroos.
David Meyler looks set to make way for Ciaran Clark in what is likely to be the only change from the win over Gibraltar.
Darren Gibson and Derby’s Jeff Henrdick are likely to be holding midfielders on Tuesday evening, having a different role to the match against Gibraltar.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Durm, Hummels, Boateng, Rudiger; Kroos, Kramer; Draxler, Gotze, Schurrle; Muller Ireland (4-5-1): Forde; Clark, O’Shea, Wilson, Ward; Hendrick, Gibson, Hoolahan, McGeady, McClean; Keane
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