Cape Town - England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed he will recall
Raheem Sterling for the 2020 European Championship qualifier in Kosovo on
Southgate suspects the forward has the hump with him after
being axed for the qualifier against Montenegro.
Only a point is needed against the Group A minnows to secure
qualification for the finals and Thursday’s encounter at Wembley will also see
the Three Lions celebrate becoming the first nation to play 1 000 international
Much of the talk, however, has focused on a fracas rather
than football in the build-up following Sterling’s exchange with Liverpool
defender Joe Gomez less than 24 hours after the pair clashed towards the end of
Manchester City’s 3-1 loss at Anfield.
The English Football Association announced late on Monday
night that the 24-year-old would not be considered to face Montenegro as a
result, with the forward making private and public apologies after emotions got
the better of him.
While Southgate feels it may have caused a temporary rift in
his relationship with Sterling, he insists he is ready to restore one of his
key men in the final qualifier in Prishtina on Sunday.
When asked if he would be ready to turn to Sterling in
Kosovo, Southgate said: "Yes. Without knowing what might happen in tomorrow's game and everything else, but I can see it."
Then when asked if he had any hesitation in making such a
decision, he added: "None, none whatsoever.
"As I have said, we take the decision and drew a line under
everything. We move forward now, the way he’s trained has been exemplary, so
Sterling has been outstanding for both City and England this
season and it will be interesting to see how the Three Lions cope without him
- TeamTalk Media