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Nov 14, 2019, 6:18:00 PM

Yaya Touré baffled by Raheem Sterling’s England omission

Manchester City legend Yaya Touré has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Raheem Sterling out of England’s clash with Montenegro.

Southgate said Sterling wouldn’t be considered for selection after an altercation with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez following the Reds’ 3-1 over City last weekend.

But Touré believes passions often run over, having seen many similar incidents occur in training over the years.

“Pep Guardiola could be a little bit disappointed with him Southgate. Raheem is still young and learning.

“If my player acted like that, being angry and showing himself like this, I would be very happy. This means he wants to win and achieve - that is important.

“A player without this character, for me, is nonsense. I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen.

“In the game they were face to face and then straight to the international team.The manager does not have to be involved.

“It's not good for the player's mentality. Raheem is one of the best players in England at the moment,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA