It has been reported that the bust-up between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez only lasted 15 seconds, but the backlash from the incident will last a lot longer.
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.
Sterling has since apologised for his actions but will not be considered for selection when Montenegro visit Wembley. However, he remains with the squad and could feature three days later against Kosovo.
But now, more stunning details have emerged of the altercation which is set to dominate the back pages for the remainder of the international break.
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According to The Athletic, the Liverpool defender was sitting in the canteen shaking everyone’s hand and then reached Sterling, who was sitting down.
The Manchester City ace then snapped and responded, “So you think you’re the big man?”, before standing up and attempting to get Gomez in a HEADLOCK.
After this, several England teammates attempted to pull the two apart, sending food flying from tables.
An insidce source told The Athletic: “It was a pretty full-on thing and food went everywhere.
“Sterling behaved like a bit of a child.”
Meanwhile, England defender Danny Rose has said the spat has been blown way out of proportion.
He told talkSPORT: “It is not a big deal.
“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.”