The spat between England teammates Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez has been blown totally out of proportion, Tottenham defender Danny Rose has told talkSPORT.
Sterling has been dropped from the Three Lions’ squad for their next match, a Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, having squared up to Gomez at St George’s Park on Monday.
The bust-up came in the wake of Sunday’s Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Man City, with Sterling and Gomez similarly clashing on the Anfield pitch as the Reds won 3-1.
Both players trained on Tuesday with manager Gareth Southgate moving his media commitments 24 hours earlier to address the issue.
But Rose feels more has been made of the fracas than is necessary and played down the severity of the situation.
“It is not a big deal,” he told Kick Off.
“We know there was something and people’s safety and how they are feeling is vital but, to me, it happens every day up and down the country within football.
“Is that right? No, it is not right but it happens and it can happen – emotions run high and you may say something.
“I have said a lot of things out of anger and frustration and you may do things out of anger and frustration – it is not right but once you have had time to calm down and assess everything you shake hands and move on.
“For me, it is just business as usual. We trained as usual and the gaffer was great in training, Steve Holland and all the coaching staff and all the lads trained well so it has just been a normal day.”
With Sterling now missing England’s 1000th game and the fixture which could seal a place at the European Championships next summer, Rose believes Southgate has proven how seriously he took the issue with Gomez.
“The squad is great,” he said.
“I came into the England set-up in 2016 and it was new for me but every camp under Gareth particularly, I look forward to coming away and seeing the boys.
“Raheem is fine or as good as he can be. 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.
“We have a game in two days so if anything is going to be said or done it has to do be done after Sunday when we have qualified for the Euros and we are just concentrating on Montenegro and Kosovo.
“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.
“There has been a punishment put in place and to miss England’s 1000th game at Wembley, it shows the manager has taken action and we just have to put it to bed now.”
Leicester defender Ben Chilwell added that the England squad backed the way Southgate and the Football Association tackled the problem.
“Yes, definitely,” he replied when asked if the players were happy about how it was dealt with.
“We had a meeting and Gareth was keen he did not want to make the decision himself. He wanted to come to the right decision with the leadership group.
“So it obviously got spoken about the leadership group and Gareth and the decision has been made and we are all on board with that. And yes, we are moving on to the football.
“No-one is trying to make excuses for him (Sterling), including himself but obviously this was a very emotional game with two great sides battling it out and like I said, things are going to get heated but they have both moved on and squashed it and again like I said, we are moving on.”