Raheem Sterling watches England from the sidelines after being dropped for Joe Gomez altercation… but Gareth Southgate refuses to confirm if he’d have left him out for a knockout game
- Raheem Sterling was in attendance for England’s clash against Montenegro
- Sterling had been axed from the squad following his bust-up with Joe Gomez
- The Man City star cheered on his team-mates from the stands at Wembley
Raheem Sterling has put a tough few days behind him to support his England team-mates in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.
Manchester City star Sterling was axed from the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate following his furious bust-up with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez on Monday.
And on Thursday night, Sterling cheered on his compatriots from the stands at Wembley alongside the suspended Jordan Henderson.
Raheem Sterling (centre) watches his England team-mates from the stands on Thursday night
Sterling, alongside the suspended Jordan Henderson, has put a tricky few days behind him
Gareth Southgate made the decision to axe Sterling following his bust-up with Joe Gomez
England’s preparations for the Euro 2020 qualifier were heavily disrupted by the altercation between Sterling and Gomez, with Southgate making the tricky decision to eventually leave the forward out of his squad.
But speaking ahead of the game, in which England could seal their qualification for next summer’s Euros, Southgate refused to confirm whether he would have made the same decision if it was a knock-out game.
When quizzed on the situation, Southgate told ITV: ‘It’s difficult to say, a difficult decision but we made that earlier in the week and we’ve moved on from there and everyone is focused on the game.
Sterling and Henderson receive their 1000th game commemorative plates from Greg Clarke
Sterling and Henderson pose for a photo as they celebrate England’s 1000th match
‘It’s a hypothetical question, I could give you an answer, but it doesn’t mean anything because we’re not in that situation.
‘Raheem’s trained brilliantly, he’s ready for Sunday, and it’s now up to the guys to win the game tonight.
‘He’s been really good. It’s a difficult situation for both of us, but that’s behind us, we drew a line under it on Monday night, and now it’s about qualification.’
The Manchester City star will be raring to go when England take on Kosovo away on Sunday