Raheem Sterling has been booted out of the England camp as they prepare for their Euro qualifiers.
The Manchester City forward allegedly clashed with Joseph Gomez on the training ground and reports say it is linked to Sunday’s top of the table clash with Liverpool that saw both players involved with one argument after another.
Unlike the days when the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerald played on opposite sides of the greatest rivalry in English football, this latest altercation is rather uncalled given that Manchester City for all their riches are yet to obtain the status of being a respected powerhouse of English football.
According to eye witnesses, Sterling picked on Gomez at the training canteen and it took the intervention of senior players like Henderson to separate the two and stop them from further embarrassing the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate reacted by sending Sterling back home, risking the anger of Manchester City fans who have already started accusing him of nepotism.
For England defender Rio Ferdinand also believe the issue was handled poorly citing that in-house quarrels should be treated as such instead of turning the national side’s business into a franchise that is now competing with Keeping Up with The Kardashians for reality TV.
Sterling has had one of his best seasons for city under Pep and although this current saga gives him cool points in the eyes of the Manchester City fans, many will later question how mature he has become despite his obvious talent.
Gomez on the other hand, seems to be the hero of the story given that he is younger of the two and if anything, Sterling should be the one teaching the Liverpool defender how to separate club from country.
The Three Lions face Montenegro at Wembley and will hope a win helps everyone move on.