Joe Gomez left with scratch below right eye after clash with Raheem Sterling | Football


Joe Gomez had a scratch beneath his right eye when taking part in England’s open training on Tuesday as a result of the altercation with Raheem Sterling.

The Manchester City forward was also involved in the session, despite being dropped by Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley because of the incident.

It is thought Southgate did not witness the episode but acted after being informed of what had occurred between the pair on Monday in the players’ canteen after the squad met up at St George’s Park.

The reason cited by Southgate was emotions still being “raw” following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat of City that took them nine points clear of the champions. Southgate began the session broadly smiling. He is to hold a media conference on Wednesday when the matter will be discussed.

Sterling is available for Sunday’s match in Kosovo.

Southgate’s handling of the situation has been criticised by the former England defender Rio Ferdinand, who posted on Facebook: “I feel this incident could have been handled better. Keep it behind closed doors & deal with it internally surely?!

Joe Gomez, second left, and Raheem Sterling, right, in training on Tuesday.

Joe Gomez, second left, and Raheem Sterling, right, in training on Tuesday. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

“Now Raheem is left to defend himself from all of the haters that had had their keyboards turned off due to him becoming a very worthy ambassador for the English game, and rightly so.

“If this was a terrible incident then I would be all for public shaming & discipline. But for this ‘throat grab’ that we are TOLD it’s for I can’t understand it.”


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