Gareth Southgate and the FA made the decision to drop Raheem Sterling from England's match vs. Kosovo after the Manchester City winger got into a physical confrontation with Liverpool's Joe Gomez.
Both players started talking about their Sunday clash and what started out as friendly jokes escalated quickly, with the winger reportedly trying to fight Gomez in the team's facilities.
Hence, Sterling went on to his Instagram account to acknowledge his mistakes and admit he let his emotions get the best of him, claiming he and Gomez are good and there are no hard feelings between the two:
"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. We move [sic] this is why we play this sport because of our love for it – me and @joegomez5 are good we 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 get focus [sic] on our game on Thursday," Sterling wrote on his official Instagram account.
The Three Lions just need one point vs. Kosovo or Montenegro to secure a spot in the Euro 2020, and Sterling will be eligible to return for the second fixture of this upcoming international break.
As for Liverpool, the reds beat Manchester City 3-1 to stay put at the top of the English Premier League table with 34 points, with the Citizens trailing by 8 points.
But, for the nation's sake, all players must learn to coexist and leave all tensions behind, as they're called to be one of the strongest candidates in the European competition and can't let distractions get in their way.