Gareth Southgate and Raheem Sterling don't have a good word for the way Joe Gomez was treated on Thursday night. The defender, who was in clinch with Sterling at the start of this week, was booed during the European Championship qualifying match of England with Montenegro (7-0).
Manchester City striker Sterling and Liverpool defender Gomez had an accident on Sunday during the Premier League topper and that was continued on Monday during the training of the English national team. Southgate then decided to keep Sterling out of the game selection and the fans did not thank Gomez for that.
Gomez came in for Mason Mount twenty minutes before time and was treated to a massive flute concert by the audience. Sterling, who was sitting in the gallery, was negatively surprised and critically addressed the fans of England on Twitter.
"It was hard for me to see that my teammate was booed for something that was my fault," the attacker writes. "Joe didn't do anything wrong, so this is wrong. I took full responsibility for this incident and accepted the consequences. I just wanted to say this."
National coach Southgate fully agreed with Sterling. "I'm terribly disappointed. Joe didn't do anything wrong and no England player should be booed that way. All players are very disappointed about this."
Joe Gomez could not count on much support from the public. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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Without the disciplinary Suspended Sterling, England had no trouble with Montenegro. At half time it was partly due to a hat trick from Harry Kane already 5-0 on Wembley and the margin was increased to seven in the second half.
That monster victory was more than enough for England to secure a ticket for next year's European Championship. Southgate is proud that 'The Three Lions' have achieved their favorite role in group A of the European Championship qualification.
"We had to win this group and we did it, but in a convincing way. We found a way to play against the lower ranked and defensive teams. We may not have succeeded in the past."
England closes the European Championship qualification on Sunday with an away game against Kosovo, which starts at 6 p.m. Southgate already announced this week that Sterling will be present again.