Gareth Southgate considers his actions in the wake of a bust-up between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez at England’s training camp to be “appropriate” despite facing criticism from some quarters.
The Three Lions boss made the decision to go public when revealing that he will not be considering an in-form Manchester City winger for selection against Montenegro .
He told reporters: “I think it was important to come and speak publicly so that the players don’t need to deal with that going forward.
“Raheem in his post last night explained that for a very brief moment his emotions ran over. It would be correct to say that that was not the same for Joe.
“We have some excellent senior players who have played a part in bringing everybody together.”
Raheem Sterling Joe Gomez Manchester City Liverpool 2019-20
Southgate added: “When you’ve made a decision like that it’s going to be public on Wednesday or Thursday anyway and I’d rather deal with it now than on the day of the game.
“I’m not prepared to go into detail. There is enough conjecture and opinion and talk out there – we don’t need to add to that.
“I’ve said what I think needs to be said but we have to keep as much as we can between ourselves.”