Published On: Thu, Nov 14th, 2019

Raheem Sterling hits out at England fans for booing Joe Gomez in Montenegro hammering | Football | Sport


Raheem Sterling applauded Joe Gomez when he came off the bench for England tonight in the 7-0 victory over Montenegro.

But the Manchester City winger – who was dropped from the side thanks to an incident with the Liverpool defender – was not happy with supporters booing his Three Lions team-mate.

Gomez replaced Mason Mount in the 70th minute but it was audible that some England fans were booing him.

Sterling was not impressed and took to social media in the immediate aftermath to once again underline that he was at fault for a bust-up between the two earlier this week.

He tweeted: “To all the @England fans, I wanted to leave things at it was but tonight I have to speak again: it was hard for me to see my team mate get booed for something that was my fault.

“Joe hasn’t done anything wrong & for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard especially after a difficult week for him to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong.

“I’ve taken full responsibility and accepted the consequence. I felt as though I had to say this get home safe every one #Euro2020.”

After the match Harry Kane revealed the players did have a say on whether to axe Sterling from the squad for the match, despite Southgate insisting it was solely his decision earlier this week.

He explained: “The gaffer spoke to me and some of the other senior players in the group and that is the decision we came to. We move on. He has been good around camp and training well.”

England were dominant throughout against Montenegro with Kane netting a hat-trick inside 36 minutes.

It means the Tottenham hitman now has 31 goals for his country and is well on track to compete with Wayne Rooney for the all-time goalscoring record.

And England boss Gareth Southgate has also leapt to the defence of Gomez and believes no player should ever be booed when playing for their country.

Southgate said: “The whole dressing room are disappointed with it. They are tight. Every single one of them. The players are united.

“Joe had done absolutely nothing wrong. No England player should ever be booed when they’re wearing the shirt. Ever. I don’t get it.

I’m hugely disappointed for him, but he’s got the support of all of us – the whole dressing room, totally united. And we’ll make sure we’re there for him.”

England booked their place in Euro 2020 with the win at Wembley.

They finish their qualifying campaign on Sunday when they take on Kosovo.



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