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13 November 2019 12:44

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England are without their best player and the details behind why remain unclear - the manager appears to have made a rare misstep Southgate will learn over the coming 48 hours how successful his policy is not to reveal the truth of the saga (Photo: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty) Southgate presented an angry countenance at a media conference called to address Sterling's contretemps with Joe Gomez when the England squad gathered at St George's Park on Monday night. Whatever led Sterling to move aggressively against Gomez 24 hours after the pair had tangled at Anfield in the match between Liverpool and Manchester City, Southgate would not say, and in declining to do so invited speculation and conjecture to fill in the spaces. Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez clashed during the Liverpool vs Man City clash before meeting with England (Photo: PA) Southgate will learn over the coming 48 hours how successful his policy is not to reveal the truth of the saga. There are suggestions that not all the players were in agreement with the decision to axe Sterling from the Montenegro fixture. A better way to deal with the issue would have been to roll out Sterling and Gomez to answer for themselves.

"This is a consequence of the England football team now and that is a very difficult situation, one we have to think about moving forward. But what about those connected to the players, family, friends and associates who have no personal connection of responsibility to Southgate and still less grasp of the dangers? It would be a pity, however, if this puts at risk the hugely improved atmosphere around the national team and how the manager and the players conduct their business through the media prism.Southgate has dealt impressively with curveballs thus far. Sterling (C) says he and Gomez (R) have talked and 'figured things out' Gareth Southgate has spoken about the incident involving Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez, saying that "emotions ran over" during the Man City game. The Manchester City forward reportedly grabbed Liverpool defender Gomez by the throat at England's training base - a day after they squared up to each other during Sunday's game at Anfield.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the England manager appeared to double down on Sterling's admission that he was at fault, while suggesting that Gomez was not to blame. The FA said on Monday that Sterling had been dropped from Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro after the incident. Gomez appeared to have a scratch under his right eye as the pair trained with the squad at their St George's Park base in Burton upon Trent on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, former England footballer Rio Ferdinand criticised Southgate for his handling of the row. Image: The pair clashed during Liverpool's win 3-1 over Manchester City on Sunday Image: 'Raheem is left to defend himself from all of the haters,' said Ferdinand The pair are over it, according to Sterling, who wrote on Instagram on Monday night that "emotions got the better of me" and that he and Gomez "understand it was a 5-10 second thing and it's done".

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Southgate previously said: "We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. His ex-England team-mate Gary Neville backed the coach, saying it sent a "clear message" that the manager "won't accept club rivalries coming into England. Lauren Hemp plays her part in England Lionesses win in Czech Republic North Walsham's Lauren Hemp came on as a second half substitute as England Women battled through the snow to beat Czech Republic 3-2 in Ceske on Tuesday night. The 19-year-old Manchester City forward came on as a 64th minute substitute for Nikita Parris with the score at 2-2 before Leah Williamson's late deflected strike ensured the year ended on a positive note for Phil Neville's side. The Lionesses replied with two goals in the space of three minutes through Beth England and Arsenal's Beth Mead, only for Slavia Prague forward Szewieczkova to equalise just before the half-hour with a 25-yard effort. Williamson's first goal for England relieved some of the pressure starting to build on Neville after an indifferent end to 2019 following an impressive showing at the World Cup. I've got to say I think we should be beating the Czech Republic by more than three goals to two," Neville said. "We dominated the second half, were careless a little bit in possession in terms of the final pass, the final run, the final cross - but I suppose it is the last game of the year, we wanted to finish on some kind of win and we did that." "Now the real hard work begins for myself and the players in terms of coming back after Christmas when we go to (the) She Believes (Cup) and to perform to the levels which I believe and they believe we can." England were without captain Steph Houghton, Alex Greenwood, Jodie Taylor and Ellen White as Neville looked to both manage player fitness and utilise his squad. Ahead of Tuesday night's match, Neville said he took full responsibility for his side's recent run of "unacceptable" poor performances. "It is just important to win games of football. "The conditions were difficult, but I think what I'm really looking forward to now is the hard work that now begins in terms of getting us back up to a level where we know we can (be)."