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UK: Southgate deflects criticism for dropping Sterling over Gomez row

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SOT, Gareth Southgate, England men's national football team manager: "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. You know, from the first football meeting yesterday morning, that's been our sole focus. Everybody has trained really well. The whole group is together now. Obviously, we lost Fabian Delph, who wasn't going to be able to recover in time for the second game. Jordan Henderson joined us for training this morning. So, we're looking forward to getting on with it."
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SOT, Gareth Southgate, England men's national football team manager: "Well, of course, 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. People will fall into every camp on every decision that you make. 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. I know the relationships with the players - I've been a player - my relationship with managers was always up and down because, you're in the team, you're out of the team. And on that alone, you feel differently about the manager on any given day. So, that's part and parcel of it, and the most important thing that you have is really strong relationships where you work through those bits and the team is always the priority. "
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SOT, Gareth Southgate, England men's national football team manager: "Well, of course, he's in outstanding form, and he's an outstanding player. But we've got a very good team out tomorrow, we're excited to see the players play, and whatever team we put out - we always select a team, whoever's in it, that we believe that can excite the crowd and put on a performance that is full of energy, full of speed, full of technical ability. We're the highest scorers game on game in Europe in this qualification, and I want a performance of high energy, good pressing and attacking football tomorrow."
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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 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.