England bombshell as star dumped over ‘confrontation’
RAHEEM Sterling has been dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate for this week's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after the hostilities between Manchester City and Liverpool spilled over into the England camp.
Liverpool beat Sterling's City 3-1 on Monday morning (EDT) to move nine points clear of the defending Premier League champions at the top of the table.
In the wake of the match Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates after a "physical confrontation."
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The pair had also clashed on the field towards the end of the match.
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 the agreement 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.