RAHEEM STERLING has been axed from England’s squad after a sensational bust-up yesterday with Joe Gomez at their training base.
The Three Lions duo had to be pulled apart by stunned team-mates following the altercation in the canteen at St George’s Park.
It came just hours after the pair clashed during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.
According to the Mail, Sterling – who left Liverpool for Man City four years ago – tried to grab Gomez around the neck following their arrival in the players’ canteen.
He had allegedly sat down when the Reds ace tried to shake his hand, before the heated exchange erupted.
The Mirror claim Sterling took issue with Gomez’s handshake and asked if he was “still the big man”.
The rest of the squad are understood to have initially thought the pair were joking around.
But other England players eventually had to jump in and end the physical confrontation on Monday afternoon.
It is understood the argument started when “banter” about the Reds’ win over City got out of hand.
Manager Gareth Southgate is fuming over the incident, which has disrupted his plans for this week’s Euro qualifiers.
And other Liverpool players are said to be bemused by the encounter.
Sterling was cut from the squad for the Montenegro fixture this Thursday after a crisis meeting.
He apologised to Gomez in person, and the squad as a whole, which saved him from being sent home.
Source: The Sun