Sterling-Gomez clash: Gareth Southgate says forward may not be ‘hugely enthusiastic’ about him

Media playback is not supported on this device I had to do the right thing for England – Gareth Southgate on dropping Raheem SterlingEngland manager Gareth Southgate says he “wouldn’t imagine” that forward Raheem Sterling is “hugely enthusiastic” about him at the moment.Sterling was dropped by Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after…

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I had to do the right thing for England – Gareth Southgate on dropping Raheem Sterling

England manager Gareth Southgate says he “wouldn’t imagine” that forward Raheem Sterling is “hugely enthusiastic” about him at the moment.

Sterling was dropped by Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after a clash with team-mate Joe Gomez at England’s training camp.

But Harry Maguire feels the squad has “moved on” from the incident on Monday.

“Joe and Raheem are talking now,” said the Manchester United defender. “It’s good for the team to move on.”

Manchester City forward Sterling has stayed with the squad and the 24-year-old will be available for Sunday’s qualifier in Kosovo.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Southgate said: “I wouldn’t imagine that he’s hugely enthusiastic – but I can understand that.

“He’s with the group, that’s the most important thing. He’s a massive part of what we do – has been, will be.

“He’s with us for the game tomorrow, he’s back with the team on the training pitch enjoying his football. [He] trained superbly well, as he always does.

“So for me, the thing is finished.”

Raheem Sterling (left) and Joe Gomez both trained as normal at the England camp on Wednesday

Sterling and defender Gomez, 22, had an on-field argument during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Premier League title rivals City on Sunday – a day before the England squad linked up – but Maguire said there are “definitely no cliques” between players from rival clubs.

“Everybody mixes,” said the 26-year-old centre-back. “We all share tables and share jokes and laughs together.

“You’ve seen how good the unity in the squad is over the past couple of years. The group has grown together. We continue to keep on growing and that’s really important.”

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