Gareth Southgate showed his authority recently by punishing Raheem Sterling with a one-match ban due to an incident that occurred earlier on.
Sterling allegedly hit Joe Gomez as frustration from the Liverpool – Manchester City built up.
This event caused a sketchy atmosphere in the team. However, Southgate spoke about the incident the first time.
Asked about his relationship with Sterling, the manager was fully honest.
“Well, I wouldn’t imagine that he’s hugely enthusiastic [about Southgate], but I can understand that,” he said, as reported by Sports Max.
“In the end, he’s with the group, that’s the most important thing. He’s a massive part of what we do – has been, will be.”
The relationship could’ve been even worse, as Joe Gomez intervened as Southgate wanted to send Sterling home.
Got a lot of admiration for Joe Gomez for his exemplary, very mature handling of a difficult situation. Intervened to stop Southgate sending Sterling home. Accepted Sterling’s apology even though he was shocked by what occurred. Sterling owes Gomez thanks as well as that apology.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 13, 2019
Sterling will be back into action for England’s match against Moldova.