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Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure thinks the club boss Pep Guardiola would be disappointed for the way the England national team manager Gareth Southgate handles with Raheem Sterling.
Sterling was puled out of the Montenegro clash for Euro 2020 qualifiers after a bust-up with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez at St. Geroge’s park on Thursday.
Toure, formerly having several run-ins with Guardiola during their time together at Barcelona and City, thinks too much has made of Sterling’s behavior.
He told Sky Sports:“I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen. In the game (on Sunday) they were face to face and then straight to the international team. It can happen, me and brother we fight, we argue, we smash each other. The manager should just take him away. It’s not good for the player’s mentality. Raheem is one of the best players in England at the moment. I think Harry Kane is not in his best moment, Raheem is the best player for England. For him to be in this kind of situation, with all the pressure around him and on his shoulders, he has to deal with racism, plus the fact he was playing at Anfield where the fans are booing him – it can affect him. The manager does not have to be involved. Pep Guardiola could be a little bit disappointed with [Southgate]. Raheem is still young and learning. If my player acted like that, being angry and showing himself like this, I would be very happy. This means he wants to win and achieve – that is important. A player without this character, for me, is nonsense.”