UK: Southgate deflects criticism for dropping Sterling over Gomez row

England men's national football team manager Gareth Southgate downplayed criticism aimed at him for dropping star player Raheem Sterling after an altercation with teammate Joe Gomez, saying it was «impossible to keep everyone happy.» Southgate spoke in Watford on Wednesday, where his side is preparing to play against Montenegro, in what would be the 1000th match in the 147-year history of the... Еще English men's national team. «I think that we've dealt with everything as we have and the reason we've tried to do that as quickly as possible is to focus fully on the match,» said Southgate. «When you're a leader or a manager, everybody will have an opinion on the decisions that you take. Only those that have been in this sort of position really know all the details involved in those decisions or the complexities of any decisions that you take, and everybody will view it differently,» he said. «So, you have to do what you believe to be the right thing and if you're only prepared to make decisions to keep — attempt to keep everybody happy, then that's not a route that's going to work either because it's impossible to keep everybody happy. So I have to do, first and foremost, what's right for the country, what's right for the team and, all the while, I'm trying to look after the players,» he added. The first altercation between Sterling and Gomez started during their clubs' match, Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, and continued the next day, during the first day of training with the England men's national team. England are due to play their 1000th international match, against Montenegro at the Wembley stadium in London on Thursday. The kick off is set at 19:45 GMT.
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