Liverpool defender Joe Gomez admits the period after his altercation with Raheem Sterling was a “difficult” time for him.
Having clashed towards the end of Liverpool’s 3-1 win against fellow Premier League title challengers Manchester City in November, a still simmering Sterling was involved in a fracas with Gomez at St George’s Park the following day.
The incident took onlookers aback and the 24-year-old Sterling admitted “emotions got the better of me” in a late night social media post that followed the Football Association confirming the forward would sit out the Montenegro qualifier.
Sterling stayed with the group and apologised to team-mates at a meeting that night, then trained as usual the following morning. Gomez appeared to be sporting a cut close to his right eye in the session.
Liverpool defender Gomez was brought on as the Three Lions’ final substitute in the second half at Wembley against Montenegro, where the defender was surprisingly jeered by pockets of supporters.
On the reception from some England fans, Gomez added: “If anything it has made me a bit more stand-offish. But in terms of the actual situation (with Sterling), what happened happened. We spoke. It was done. As a team it was done. So in my head it was done.
“It was just then that the game happened with the reception.
“I haven’t really processed it. With what happened brings experience. I went out to train and I knew that the first session after it came out publicly, eyes were going to be on me. I was never used to that before.
“So, good or bad, it was an experience.”