By George Stephens • 15 November 2019 • 11:02
Raheem Sterling criticised fans that jeered Joe Gomez against Montenegro, with manager Gareth Southgate saying that “no England player should ever be booed”.
The build-up to Englands chance of sealing Euro 2020 qualification in their 1,000th match was overshadowed by a ruck at St George’s Park on Monday.
Sterling made private and public apologies after he lost his head less than 24 hours after clashing with Gomez towards the end of Manchester City’s 3-1 loss at Premier League leaders Liverpool in last Sunday’s big premiership title chase match.
The 24-year-old was dropped and made to watch Thursday’s match against Montenegro from the stands as punishment from Southgate, with Harry Kane’s hat-trick helping England seal a 7-0 win – their biggest at home since 1987 – and top spot in Group A.
Gomez came on as final substitute for England in the second half at Wembley, where the defender was jeered by fans as he came on.
Sterling, who applauded his team-mate onto the field, posted on Twitter: “To all the England fans, I wanted to leave things as it was but tonight I have to speak again.
“It was hard for me to see my team-mate get booed for something that was my fault. Joe hasn’t done anything wrong and for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard”
“Especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong. I’ve taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this, get home safe everyone.” Sterling further tweeted.
It seems Sterling always wishes to be the centre of attention at all cost – we at the Euro Weekly News aren’t his biggest fans that’s for sure – the £300,000 a week player demanded £2000 from us recently for a 5 minute photo for our Malaga orphanage campaign – just like Southgate we didn’t need him – we still raised over 10K without him!
Well done England though!
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