To England’s forward, Sterling, it was wrong for fans to boo Joe Gomez when he came as a substitute in Thursday’s 7-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win against Montenegro at Wembley.
England’s celebration night for its 1,000th game coupled with qualification for Euro 2020 was disrupted by the disgraceful jeering of Gomez.
Sterling did not feature for the game after he clashed with Liverpool defender Gomez on Monday. However, he applauded Gomez when he came on to the sound of jeers.
“It’s hard for me to see my team-mate get booed for something that was my fault.” Said Sterling.
“Joe hasn’t done anything wrong. For me to see someone who keeps his head down and works hard especially after a difficult week for him, to be booed when he came on tonight was wrong.”
“I have taken full responsibility and accepted the consequences.”
England’s boss, Southgate as well made his remark. He said, “I am hugely disappointed for Joe. He had done nothing wrong and no England player should be booed like that when they are wearing the shirt.”
“All players are particularly disappointed with that.”
The argument between Sterling and Gomez happened at the England camp a day after the pair were involved in an on-field argument.
Ever since Sterling has apologized for his actions. Nonetheless, Southgate confirmed he will start Sunday’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo.
All accounts suggested Gomez was the innocent party. This was effectively confirmed when Sterling tweeted in his defense in response to the hostile reception he received when introduced as a 70th-minute substitute.
The incident was totally undeserved and rightly condemned by both Southgate and Sterling who accepted full responsibilities.
To sum up, Gomez deserves better than the shockingly poor treatment he received from Some England fans at Wembley. It was an incident that disappointed Southgate and upset Gomez’s team-mates.