The emotions of the match between Sterling's Manchester City and Gomez's Liverpool were still raw when the players met up for international duty.

Raheem Sterling dropped: Five occasions where teammates have fallen out

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Raheem Sterling has been dropped for England's clash with Montenegro after confronting team-mate Joe Gomez.

A statement from the Football Association said the emotions of the match between Sterling's Manchester City and Gomez's Liverpool on Sunday were still raw when the players met up for international duty on Monday.

Here, the PA news agency picks out five other times when teammates fell out.

Derek Hales and Mike Flanagan

Derek Hales was sent off for fighting team-mate Mike Flanagan
Derek Hales was sent off for fighting team-mate Mike Flanagan (PA)

Charlton strike partners Derek Hales and Mike Flanagan came to blows during an FA Cup tie against Maidstone in January 1979. The source of the spat was allegedly Flanagan reacting to Hales failing to pass to him by making a remark about his team-mate's genitals. Both were sent off.

Bruce Grobbelaar and Steve McManaman

Steve McManaman, right, was involved in a scrap with Bruce Grobbelaar
Steve McManaman (right) was involved in a scrap with Bruce Grobbelaar (Dave Kendall/PA)

Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar was furious with team-mate Steve McManaman after a poor clearance allowed Everton to score in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in 1993. McManaman argued back, angering Grobbelaar further, leading the keeper to grab his young team-mate and push him in the face. McManaman pushed back before retreating.

Graeme Le Saux and David Batty

Blackburn and England teammates David Batty, left, and Graeme Le Saux
Blackburn and England teammates David Batty (left) and Graeme Le Saux (Adam Butler/PA)

Things turned sour at Blackburn soon after they won the Premier League title in 1995. Dressing room tensions spilled out onto the pitch in spectacular fashion during a Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow. Le Saux and Batty's contretemps came after only four minutes when they both went for the same loose ball. Le Saux punched his team-mate, with captain Tim Sherwood racing in to separate them. Le Saux broke his hand, and Spartak coach Oleg Romantsev said afterwards: "Before the match I told my players they will be playing against 11 guys ready to fight for each other for 90 minutes – not with each other."

Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer, left, and Lee Bowyer shake hands after their on-pitch brawl
Kieron Dyer (left) and Lee Bowyer shook hands after their on-pitch brawl (Alex Alevroyiannis/PA)

Newcastle teammates Bowyer and Kieron Dyer scrapped on the pitch during a game with Aston Villa in 2005. Bowyer initiated the fight after Dyer told him he was not passing to him because he did not think he was any good. The pair had to be separated and were both sent off, leaving Newcastle with eight men as Steven Taylor had already seen red. They had to be kept apart in the dressing room, and Bowyer subsequently pleaded guilty in court to a charge of using threatening behaviour.

Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings

Anwar El Ghazi squared up to team-mate Tyrone Mings
Anwar El Ghazi squared up to team-mate Tyrone Mings (Nigel French/PA)

Aston Villa teammates Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings squared up to each other earlier this season during a goalless draw with West Ham. Mings appeared to be unhappy with El Ghazi for not tracking back and confronted him in the penalty area. El Ghazi did not back down and was fortunate not to be sent off after appearing to try to headbutt Mings. The pair were said to have shaken hands in the dressing room at half-time.

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Raheem Sterling dropped: Five occasions where teammates have fallen out

Raheem Sterling dropped: What England will miss in winger's absence

Raheem Sterling will not play in England's 1,000th international having been dropped over a altercation with Joe Gomez.

The Manchester City forward has become key to his country's hopes and here, the PA news agency takes a look at what England will miss against Montenegro on Thursday.

England's main man

Raheem Sterling, left, celebrates with Harry Kane after scoring against Bulgaria
Raheem Sterling (left) has matched England captain Harry Kane's scoring rate in Euro 2020 qualifying (Nick Potts/PA)

Sterling has enjoyed a sparkling Euro 2020 qualification campaign up to this point, taking his international form to a new level.

Having scored four goals in his 47 England caps prior to the start of the process in March, he matched that total with a hat-trick against the Czech Republic and a goal in Montenegro.

He did not score in June's Nations League finals but has four in four games since for a total of eight in six in qualifying.

That leaves him alongside Harry Kane as England's top scorer in the campaign, with only Russia striker Artem Dzyuba and the unlikely figure of Israel's Eran Zahavi ahead of them on nine and 11 respectively from eight games each.

Sterling also has six assists, one behind Holland's Memphis Depay for the lead in that category and matching Dzyuba for the highest combined total.

Manager Gareth Southgate has also praised Sterling off-field contributions, including speaking out against racism in away games in Montenegro and Bulgaria.

Sterling marked his goal against the former by cupping his ears to the crowd and later tweeted a picture of the celebration with the caption "Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists)".

Sterling's season

Raheem Sterling celebrates his hat-trick at West Ham
Raheem Sterling celebrates his hat-trick at West Ham (Adam Davy/PA)

Sterling has scored seven Premier League goals this season, leaving him alongside Liverpool's Sadio Mane in fifth in the scoring charts behind Jamie Vardy, Tammy Abraham, City team-mate Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

His five Champions League goals include a hat-trick in the home win over Atalanta, and only Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland (seven) and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski (six) have more.

Sterling also scored in the Community Shield against Liverpool and the League Cup win over Preston and has three assists for his club this season.

Raheem Sterling clashes with Joe Gomez, left, in Manchester City's defeat to Liverpool
Sterling clashes with Joe Gomez (left) in Manchester City's defeat to Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

But City's title defence has faltered with three early defeats and Sunday's 3-1 loss to Liverpool saw Sterling's emotions get the better of him, by his own admission, and led to the incident in the England camp.

He was fouled by Gomez, a late Liverpool substitute, who then pushed the City man away before they squared up and were separated by team-mates.

It was not the first time Sterling had shown his frustration, with City twice denied penalties after handball appeals against Trent Alexander-Arnold – the first of which immediately preceded Liverpool's first goal.

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Chris Wilder doubtful Oliver Norwood will reverse Northern Ireland retirement

Oliver Norwood will be cheering Northern Ireland on in their glamour qualifiers against Holland and Germany but there is no hint of the midfielder reversing his international retirement, according to Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.

Newly-appointed Stoke manager Michael O'Neill will take charge of his country for what could be his swansong with Northern Ireland placed third in Euro 2020 qualifying behind the Group C heavyweights.

Norwood has been an ever-present during the Blades' eye-catching start to the season, helping them to fifth in the Premier League table.

He will be watching his former international team-mates from afar, though, after prematurely calling time on his Northern Ireland career in August.

At just 28, and with 57 caps to his name, the midfielder is in his prime but even the forthcoming fixtures, or the prospect of a Euro play-off in March, have not forced a change of heart.

"He made that decision before these games came along and he knew what decision he wanted to make; he was adamant and positive about that," said Wilder.

"He is still a big supporter of Northern Ireland football and he'll be delighted if they get some positive results. Ollie will be a big cheerleader for them but he's made his decision.

"He wanted to concentrate on this season in the Premier League and he's doing great with the contribution he is making for us."

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