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Nov 13, 2019, 6:59:00 PM

Gareth Southgate doubles down on Raheem Sterling omission

Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to leave Raheem Sterling out of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Montenegro tomorrow.

Sterling will not be considered for selection after clashing with England team-mate Joe Gomez, following the pair’s scuffle in Liverpool’s 3-1 over Manchester City last weekend.

Southgate told reporters in his pre-match press conference: “Raheem in his post last night explained for a very brief moment his emotions ran over. It would be correct to say that's not the same for Joe.

“We are dealing with a very young squad in a sport where emotions often run high. These things happen in football. My priority is always the care and wellbeing of all my players. All my players.

“Then you have a decision to make as to whether there needs to be something further, which is my reasoning for not selecting Raheem for the game on Thursday,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA