England will do without Raheem Sterling on Thursday in the European Championship qualifying match with Montenegro. The Manchester City attacker is being sidelined by coach Gareth Southgate because of a fight with Joe Gomez.
Sterling and Liverpool defender Gomez had an argument on Sunday during the Liverpool-Manchester City top match (3-1) and got it together again during the training of the English team on Monday.
"Unfortunately, the emotions of Sunday's game were still there. It is one of the challenges for the English team to put aside the rivalry between clubs," said national team coach Gareth Southgate.
"We decided not to let Raheem play against Montenegro on Thursday. I think that's the right choice for the team. The decision was made in consultation with the selection."
The 24-year-old Sterling played 55 times for the English team and scored twelve times for his country. Gomez, who is two years younger, has seven international matches to his name.
England can qualify for the European Championship
England is in the lead in group A of the European Championship qualification and is sure of participating in next year's European Championship in a victory against Montenegro over Wembley. The Czech Republic and Kosovo seem to be competing for the second place in the group.
The match between England and Montenegro starts on Thursday at 8.45 p.m. (Dutch time). On Sunday, the Southgate team will visit Kosovo and the kick-off of that game will be at 6 p.m.
View the positions and the program in the European Championship qualification