De­fender says ‘it’s no big deal’

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

DANNY Rose be­lieves the Eng­land camp is back to nor­mal af­ter tem­pers flared be­tween Ra­heem Ster­ling and Joe Gomez.

The pair came to­gether in a flash­point to­wards the end of City’s de­feat to Liver­pool on Sun­day, and Ster­ling did not be­lieve the mat­ter to be set­tled when they met again in the Eng­land team can­teen 24 hours later.

His ac­tions to­wards Gomez have cost him the chance of rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land at Wem­b­ley tonight in their 1,000th game af­ter Gareth South­gate opted to pun­ish the 24-year-old .

There has been crit­i­cism of the way the de­ci­sion has been han­dled, with for­mer Eng­land de­fender Rio Fer­di­nand sug­gest­ing the mat­ter should have been dealt with in-house and re­ports of play­ers be­ing split over the mat­ter.

How­ever, Tot­ten­ham left-back Rose ate with Ster­ling and feels the City for­ward is in a good place af­ter apol­o­gis­ing to Gomez and the rest of the squad.

“Ra­heem is fine or as good as he can be,” Rose told talkSPORT. “I’ve been with him hav­ing din­ner talk­ing about ev­ery­thing – foot­ball, fam­i­lies. As I say we had a meet­ing last night and there is no time to dwell on things.

“It is some­thing new that has hap­pened un­der the gaffer but I think ev­ery man­ager could say the same when this hap­pens un­der them and I hon­estly can’t stress enough that it is not a big deal.”

Ra­heem Ster­ling and Joe Gomez in Eng­land train­ing yes­ter­day

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