Raheem Sterling has admitted “emotions got the better of me” but says he and Joe Gomez have “figured things out and moved on” following an altercation that has cost him his place in the England team.
The Manchester City forward will not be considered for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after a row with Liverpool defender Gomez.
The pair clashed towards the end of City’s 3-1 Anfield loss to Liverpool on Sunday and the PA news agency understands Sterling and Gomez were again involved in an exchange after meeting up for England duty on Monday.
Sterling, a former Liverpool player, subsequently took to social media to play down the incident.
He wrote on his Instagram account: “First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me! Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point. Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.
Sterling added that he and Gomez “are good” and “both understand it was a 5-10 second thing it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.
“Let’s focus on our game on Thursday,” he signed off, alongside three love heart emojis.