Raheem Sterling leaps to Gomez' defence after Liverpool star booed for England

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2019

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

He was involved in multiple discussions after the incident and is pleased with how everything was handled before Southgate's side clinched their place at Euro 2020.

As expected, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling was left out by Southgate as punishment for his role in an altercation with Liverpool's Joe Gomez at England's training camp on Monday.

Harry Kane has urged fans not to boo any England players after Joe Gomez was jeered in the 7-0 win against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday.

The Three Lions smashed seven goals past Montenegro at a buoyant Wembley Stadium, as the nation also celebrated England's 1000th worldwide.

Sterling was in the stands as the £28,000-a-week (Spotrac) Liverpool man was introduced as a substitute at Wembley, where he was greeted by baffling boos from some supporters.

In a statement penned to England fans, Sterling declared that his worldwide team-mate had done nothing wrong.

"It was hard for me to see my teammate get booed for something that was my fault".

- LFC (@RockyKlopp) November 14, 2019@J_Gomez97 can't say I speak for most Liverpool fans when I say that I would always take Liverpool winning the European cup over England winning the World Cup or Euros.

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"I needed to get him on the pitch because he's been two or three months with us and we haven't got him onto the field so that was very important for us as a team".

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate echoed the winger's sentiment when speaking to the media after the whistle.

"I don't know what more I could've said", he said.

Southgate said: "The whole dressing room are disappointed with it. No player in an England shirt should be booed". The players are united.

"Joe had done absolutely nothing wrong". I don't get it.

"Him and Raheem are very close and the whole team are very close so we don't want to see anybody treated that way".

"It is hard to talk about a game like this and the result we had", said Montenegro coach Faruk Hadzilbegic.

"He's got the support of all of us - the whole dressing room, totally united".

Abraham's game has gone to the next level this season, but he thinks he can get even better working alongside England captain Harry Kane. "They've played extremely well against opponents we should beat, in a group we should win, for sure, but the quality of their play and the number of goals they've scored".

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