Sterling was stood down from the team to face Montenegro on Thursday after clashing with Gomez at the training ground following Liverpool's win over Manchester City on Sunday.

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When the 22-year-old came off the bench during his country's 7-0 win over Montenegro, a section of the fans at Wembley booed him, much to his manager's chagrin.

"No, I don’t understand it. No England player should ever be booed," Southgate told Sky Sports.

"We’re a team, Joe has done nothing wrong, absolutely. I’ve made that clear earlier in the week, so I don’t understand that.

"Him and Raheem are very close and the whole team are very close so we don’t want to see anybody treated in that way."

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Southgate's words echo those of Sterling himself, who has also criticised the fans for their reaction to his international team-mate's arrival.

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