Ex City star: ‘Ra­heem-Gomez clash was noth­ing’

Manchester Evening News - - CITY -

FOR­MER City mid­fielder Steve McMana­man has played down the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Ra­heem Ster­ling and Liver­pool de­fender Joe Gomez dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

Gareth South­gate made Ster­ling sit out of the Three Lions’ win against Mon­tene­gro fol­low­ing a clash with

Gomez af­ter their ar­rival at the train­ing camp, the day af­ter City’s 3-1 de­feat at An­field.

The spat at­tracted plenty of head­lines and was the main talk­ing point prior to Eng­land’s match at Wem­b­ley.

How­ever, McMana­man has re­vealed that the at­mos­phere af­ter the clash was re­laxed and played down the sig­nif­i­cance of the in­ci­dent, adding that he was at the ho­tel.

“To be hon­est, there are al­ways clashes in train­ing – when you live and play foot­ball ev­ery sin­gle day, there’s al­ways heated in­ci­dents on the train­ing ground,” he wrote in his HorseRac­ing.net col­umn.

“To me it was noth­ing; it was over in 10 sec­onds, both the play­ers were fine and I was ac­tu­ally there on the day it hap­pened at the ho­tel and it was quite re­laxed af­ter­wards.”

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