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Gary Neville backs Gareth Southgate's decision to drop Raheem Sterling

Former England defender and assistant manager Gary Neville believes Gareth Southgate is sending a 'clear message' about not letting club rivalries become a problem on international duty. Raheem Sterling was axed from England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro following a bust-up with Liverpool player Joe Gomez. “I've been involved in quite a few of these things over the years with England and there is no right or wrong in a way, in the sense that I've seen managers sweep it under the carpet, and try to keep a low profile on these sorts of things,' he told Sky Sports. “I've also seen managers go public, as Gareth has. What I would say is that the decision that Gareth has made... I feel like it's the right one without knowing the detail of what's gone on. “There's nothing worse than sweeping it under the carpet, and then all the players going back to their own rooms they all share together, and having that feeling that they're all talking about you being weak, and that you've not dealt with it because he's a big player and that he's shied away from a big decision. “I've seen incidents like this dealt with in both ways with England and there is no ideal because it's so public and the media want their pound of flesh, including ourselves. But the reality is that these things happen in football, and it will blow over.” Source- Daily Mail

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