England players are unhappy with Raheem Sterling's punishment

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England football fans have woken up to the news that Raheem Sterling has been dropped from the national side for a clash with Joe Gomez.

The two players came to blows during Liverpool vs Manchester City on Sunday and Sterling was still fired up when they met 24 hours later.

Reports suggest that Sterling reacted aggressively when Gomez greeted him in the players’ canteen as they arrived at St. George’s Park.

The Man City man was sitting down when Gomez approached him from behind and offered to shake his head.

Sterling reacted by attempting to grab the Liverpool defender’s neck.

The squad initially thought Sterling was joking but it soon became clear that they had to be separated.

It’s also claimed that Sterling aimed jibes at Gomez and asked if he still thought he was the “big man.”

Was Gareth Southgate right in dropping Sterling for the qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday?

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For everyone that wasn’t there, it’s impossible to say.

But for those that were there, they think Southgate hasn’t dealt with it well and claim that Sterling has been ‘thrown under the bus.’

They suggest that rows like this happen on a regular basis and it was ‘weak management’ from Southgate.

According to the Mirror, England players wanted to keep the bust-up in house with many thinking there it’s an over-reaction to axe Sterling from the upcoming fixture.

Jordan Henderson, who wasn’t due to report to St. George’s Park until Wednesday due to him being suspended for the first match, phoned both Sterling and Gomez and offered to report to the training facility a day earlier.

After the incident, Southgate called a meeting and took the surprise step to drop Sterling and release a statement explaining his decision.

Sterling was so upset that he briefly left St. George’s Park but returned after Henderson’s call.

According to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett, even Gomez pleaded with Southgate not to send Sterling home.

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