England manager Gareth Southgate have praised Manchester city Attacker Raheem Sterling for his reaction after confrontation with fellow England teammate Joe Gomez got him suspended from the England Euro 2020 squad.
Being Punished for confronting England team-mate Joe Gomez on Sunday’s city’s EPL clash against Liverpool, Southgate is set to restore the axed star to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifying trip to Kosovo.
While Sterling will miss England’s 1000th match against Montenegro in London, the City forward is poised to return to the fold against Kosovo in Group A.
Sterling will miss Thursday’s fixture against Montenegro at Wembley as punishment for his confrontation with England team-mate and Liverpool defender Gomez.
The pair clashed during Sunday’s Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool and was involved in an incident in a private area of England’s St George’s Park training base.
“Yes,” Southgate said when asked if Sterling will start on Sunday. “Without knowing what might happen in tomorrow’s game and everything else, but I can see that being the case.
“His reaction has been brilliant. He spoke to the team really well and he’s trained really well and I can’t fault his reaction at all.
“So, there might be observation about where he might be in terms of me and giving you an honest answer of what I think he’s likely to be thinking. But in terms of how he’s trained and how he’s been around the guys and with us, I’m happy.”
While Sterling is expected to return, it remains to be seen whether Gomez will feature as he vies with the likes of Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings and John Stones for a place in Southgate’s XI.
Southgate added: “I’m not going to pick the whole team for the next two games, but whatever decision I make, what happened last Monday won’t have any bearing on selection for the next two games.