Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson played a significant role in quashing the beef between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez, according to reports.
The England team-mates were involved in a bust-up at St George’s Park on Monday, one day after Sterling’s Manchester City suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Reds at Anfield.
Sterling and Gomez squared up to one another during the Red’s demolition of the defending Premier League champions, with the former appearing to have some choice words for the Kop star.
Despite making up on the pitch after the final whistle, the bad blood continued when the duo reported for international duty, with another altercation taking place in the canteen at St. George’s Park.
The incident was over very quickly and was later diffused by Henderson, who according to the Mirror acted as mediator by calling both Sterling and Gomez.
England boss Gareth Southgate called a team meeting to further quell the bad blood between the pair, who have since shaken hands and moved on.
That, however, came after an upset Sterling left the training ground and spoke to Henderson – whom he remains good friends with following his time at Liverpool – on the phone.
Sterling and Gomez’s second coming together is said to have taken place after the ex-Liverpool star asked Gomez if he was ‘still the big man’.
As a result of the altercation, the FA has decided not to consider Sterling for selection for Thursday’s visit of Montenegro, which marks the Three Lions’ 1000th game.
“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday,” a statement from Southgate.
“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. Unfortunately, the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw.
“My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”
Sterling addressed the incident in a lengthy Instagram post, in which he admitted he let his emotions get the better of him.
“First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me!” the City ace wrote. “Everyone knows that I am not that way inclined and more to the point. Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on.
“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me. We move this is why we play this sport because of our love for it.
“Me and @joegomez5 are good we both understand it was a 5-10 second thing it’s done we move forward and not make this bigger than it is. Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday.”