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07:10  15 november  2019
07:10  15 november  2019 Source:   goal.com

Sterling dropped after Gomez England 'disturbance'

  Sterling dropped after Gomez England 'disturbance' Raheem Sterling will not play in England’s European Qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday due to an incident at their St George's Park training complex.England manager Gareth Southgate said that "emotions were still raw" after Sterling was involved in a clash with Joe Gomez towards the end of Liverpool's 3-1 win over Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday.

Gareth Southgate hinted England will have to improve defensively if they are to be considered Euro 2020 contenders after his side secured qualification last night with an emphatic 7-0 victory against Montenegro .

England manager Gareth Southgate insisted his squad’ s focus hasn’t been derailed by the publicised altercation between Raheem Sterling and Joe England vs Montenegro : Squad focused after Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez altercation, says Gareth Southgate . The England coach insisted a line

Gareth Southgate © Getty Images Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate feels England "still have work to do" defensively in order to compete for the Euro 2020 trophy next summer, despite beating Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday.

The Three Lions booked their place in next summer's tournament with a comprehensive victory against the Group A minnows at Wembley.

A Harry Kane hat-trick  plus goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Marcus Rashford gave England a 5-0 lead at the break, which allowed the home side to let their foot off the gas in the second period.

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Kane's latest treble took him to sixth in England's all-time scorer's list, with 31 to his name from 44 outings in total.

Southgate's side were gifted a sixth goal when Aleksander Sofranac put through his own net just after the hour mark, before substitute Tammy Abraham rounded off the scoring late on.

England were often scintillating going forward, but Jordan Pickford was forced into action on a couple of occasions, with John Stones and Harry Maguire guilty of some lackadaisical defending.

When asked post-match what pleased him most about England's latest display, Southgate pointed to the "super quality" on show in the final third of the pitch, before highlighting his team's fragility at the back.

Southgate praises Sterling's reaction after Gomez clash with recall expected

  Southgate praises Sterling's reaction after Gomez clash with recall expected Punished for confronting England team-mate Joe Gomez, the Manchester City attacker is poised to return to the fold against Kosovo in Group A."Yes," Southgate said when asked if Sterling will start on Sunday. "Without knowing what might happen in tomorrow's game and everything else, but I can see that being the case."His reaction has been brilliant. He spoke to the team really well and he's trained really well and I can't fault his reaction at all.

England 7-0 MontenegroHighest ever competitive win at Wembley. Southgate will likely be delighted with the flair on show in attack by his side, although it was yet another fixture where the It was a goal which made England ' s victory their new record win at the new Wembley, and there is now

Kane celebrates after doubling England ’ s lead. 3 min: Montenegro win the first corner of the game. England team. Southgate ’s selections have been revealed. The midfield looks to have much more thrust about it than in recent matches, especially with the inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

England players celebrate an own goal by Aleksandar Sofranac of Montenegro (20) during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on November 14, 2019 in London, England. © Getty Images England players celebrate an own goal by Aleksandar Sofranac of Montenegro (20) during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on November 14, 2019 in London, England.

“The attacking playing in the first half, in particular,” Southgate said. "Really good movement and super quality of passing and crossing, and really good finishing.

"We know we should win the group comfortably but you look around Europe and there are other countries who struggle to score the goals that we have.

"In the past, we have struggled against those lower ranked teams who defend in numbers, now we've got players that can open these teams up and a style of play to match.

"[But] we have to get both ends of the pitch right. We conceded a couple of chances tonight that we shouldn’t have.

"They're the clinical things we'll have to be better at. There's still work to do without the ball, but we are improving."

Kane becomes England's all-time highest scoring starting captain after Montenegro hat-trick

  Kane becomes England's all-time highest scoring starting captain after Montenegro hat-trick The Tottenham centre-forward was lethal in front of goal in the first half at Wembley, etching his name into record books in the processThe Three Lions have all but booked their place in next summer's European Championships with a dominant first-half display at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate is willing to forget Raheem Sterling's training ground clash with Joe Gomez as soon as England ' s match with Montenegro is over. On Monday, Southgate took the unprecedented step of axing his star player from his squad for one match after he fought with Joe Gomez.

Kane celebrates after doubling England ’ s lead. 3 min: Montenegro win the first corner of the game. England team. Southgate ’s selections have been revealed. The midfield looks to have much more thrust about it than in recent matches, especially with the inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Tonight's result means England maintain their three-point lead at the top of Group A, with the Czech Republic also through to Euro 2020 after beating Kosovo 2-1 at home.

The Three Lions will wrap up their qualifying campaign with a trip to Kosovo on Sunday.

Hudson-Odoi and Pope start for England .
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nick Pope will start for England against Kosovo in their final European Qualifier, Sky Sports News understands. Pope earns his first England start, after the Burnley goalkeeper was first called up in March 2018, while Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi makes only his second start as Gareth Southgate explores his squad options.Southgate could make further changes for the final European Qualifier at the Pristina City Stadium on Sunday with James Maddison a doubt with a minor calf strain and John Stones set to be rested.

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