England’s Gareth Southgate says he expects that Raheem Sterling ‘has the hump’ with him
Sterling was involved in an incident with Joe Gomez on Monday that saw the Manchester City forward attempt to grab his England colleague around the neck in the St. George’s Park canteen.
Southgate came down strong afterwards, announcing that Sterling would not be available for selection for Thursday night’s game.
Gareth Southgate has admitted Raheem Sterling is probably not happy with him
Speaking on Wednesday, he suggested the issue would go no further.
Asked whether Sterling ‘had the hump’ with him, Southgate responded: ‘I wouldn’t imagine that he is hugely enthusiastic and I can understand that.
‘He is a massive part of what we do and he is part of the group, but for me the thing is finished.’
The England manager added: ‘I have to always look at what is right for getting this team to perform for the country.
‘My decision are the only ones that get tested over the following months and years and that is the cross I have to bear. I don’t take any enjoyment from it. But everyone else’s opinions and teams don’t get tested, they don’t have the full details.
‘When I was a player I knew that I would have hump with manager, usually when I wasn’t playing.
‘I don’t always expect them to be bouncing with joy ever time they see me walking through the meal room but if you don’t like that, do something else.’
He suggested that the relationship between players and managers always has ups and downs
He continued: ‘I know that, having been a player, the relationship with the manager was always up and down because you’re in the team, you’re out of the team and on that alone you feel differently about the manager on any given day.
‘That’s part and parcel of it. The important thing is that you have strong relationships that you work through those bits and the team is always the priority’.
Sterling and Gomez’s clash followed Sunday’s tense match between City and Liverpool, which saw the pair square up on the pitch.
Gomez is understood to have tried to greet Sterling warmly in the canteen at St. George’s Park, only to have the City man respond aggressively.