Gary Neville believes Southgate made the right decision over Gomez & Sterling incident

England vs Montenegro

England are set to kick off their international break vs Montenegro on Thursday the 14th of November.

The tie should be a fairly easy win for Gareth Southgate’s men if they are on their game.

The Three Lions head into the clash sat top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group.

However, the Czech Republic, who somewhat surprisingly beat England during the last break, are just three points behind them.

So, this is a must-win tie for England if they wish to top their group.

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL – JUNE 06: Head Coach of England Gareth Southgate looks on during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final match between the Netherlands and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 06, 2019 in Guimaraes, Portugal. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Sterling & Gomez clash

However, prior to the key clash, an incident occurred within the squad involving Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.

Sterling reportedly grabbed the Liverpool defender by the throat at England’s training base.

England then announced via their official Twitter account that Sterling will play no role vs Montenegro.

In wake of the incident, former England international Gary Neville has had his say on the situation, backing Southgate’s decision to not play Sterling:

“I’ve been involved in quite a few of these things over the years with England and there is no right or wrong in a way, in the sense that I’ve seen managers sweep it under the carpet, and try to keep a low profile on these sorts of things.

“I’ve also seen managers go public, as Gareth has. What I would say is that the decision that Gareth has made… I feel like it’s the right one without knowing the detail of what’s gone on.

“There’s nothing worse than sweeping it under the carpet, and then all the players going back to their own rooms they all share together, and having that feeling that they’re all talking about you being weak, and that you’ve not dealt with it because he’s a big player and that he’s shied away from a big decision.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.

Sterling has also spoken about the incident on Instagram.


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