Last night, England fans at Wembley didn't exactly cover themselves in glory as they booed Liverpool's Joe Gomez as he was subbed on for Mason Mount.
Sterling has taken full responsibility for the incident and will return to the England side for the trip to Kosovo on the weekend.
In truth, Gomez did nothing wrong, but England fans bizarrely thought it was necessary to boo a player who had been scratched in the face by a teammate in training.
After the game, Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol tweeted that Gomez was the first into the England dressing room after the final whistle - and the first to leave.
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He wrote: "Gareth Southgate says he doesn’t understand why anyone would boo Joe Gomez. Says Gomez has done nothing wrong. Will sit down and talk to Gomez to make sure he’s OK. Gomez first in and first out of the England dressing room after the final whistle."
Southgate himself said after England's 7-0 win: "Joe had done nothing wrong. No England player should be booed when they wear the shirt. I don't get it. All of the players are disappointed with that."
It's just simply not fair for a young player to be subjected to a chorus of boos from his own fans, especially in these circumstances.
GIVEMESPORT'S Danny Ryan says: The whole debacle at Wembley last night adds to the argument that Southgate should have kept the matter internal.
While the clash merited a suspension for Sterling, the issue being revealed to the world has led to fans across the world 'taking sides'.
Given Sterling's popularity among England fans, many would naturally choose his side and it's simply created an air of hostility that can have a big impact on players so young.
It's another stark reminder that these footballers are human beings at the end of the day and those who booed the 22-year-old Gomez last night should feel ashamed.News Now - Sport News