England boss Gareth Southgate has said that the side are eager to move on from the Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez saga which caused the Manchester City forward to be exiled from the team to play Montenegro on Thursday.

Sterling initiated a physical confrontation with Gomez at the St George’s Park training complex on Monday, following City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.

During the game, Gomez and Sterling got into a shoving match but appeared to bury the hatchet at the full-time whistle.

Yet the two pair had to be split by England team-mates the following day after an off-pitch altercation.

After Monday’s episode, Southgate dropped Sterling for the Montenegro game, but the Three Lions boss is eager for everyone to move on from the situation now.

“I think that we have dealt with everything,” Southgate said.

”The reason we have tried to do that as quickly as possible is so we can focus fully on the match.

“Everybody has trained really well. The whole group are together now. We are looking forward to getting on with it.”

Southgate also defended his decision to exile Sterling from Thursday’s Wembley clash with Montenegro.

“Everybody, when you are a leader or manager, will have an opinion on the decisions that you take,” he added.

“Only those who have been in this position really know all the details involved.

“Everybody will view it differently. You have to do what you believe to be the right thing. If you only try to take decisions that you think will keep people happy, that’s not a route to take either.

“I have to do first and foremost what is right for the country, what’s right for the team, all the while trying to look after the players.”​

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England need one point from their last two games with Montenegro, tomorrow night at Wembley, and Kosovo on Sunday to secure their spot at the 2020 European Championships.



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