Liverpool pair Henderson, Gomez out of England's trip to Kosovo

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling was not happy with the behaviour of some sections of England fans Credit Action Images

Gomez will miss the match due to a knee injury suffered in training on Friday, while his club captain Jordan Henderson is ill.

In a statement penned to England fans, Sterling declared that his global team-mate had done nothing wrong.

You couldn't make it up if you tried! 'He's absolutely fine. He took a clash of knees yesterday. "We scanned it just to be certain and I think he'll be fine in a couple of days, but he wasn't able to train [Saturday]". "The gaffer spoke to me and a few of the other senior players in the team, and that's the decision we came to". We actually ended up having a chuckle this morning at the ridiculousness of him having to go home in the way he has. "I felt as though I had to say this".

England face Kosovo on Sunday in their final Euro 2020 qualifier and with progression into next summer's finals already secured.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, James Maddison and Tyrone Mings will be hoping for more global experience while Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is the only outfield member of the current squad waiting to make his debut.

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Although England cruised to victory in midweek, Montenegro had their moments and they could well have got on the scoresheet - and I suspect the classy Kosovans could have more attacking quality to unsettle Southgate's young guns.

"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".

Southgate's facet have racked up 33 objectives - three greater than the following most potent facet Belgium, who've performed another recreation - and Challandes pointed to that statistic as proof of England's present standing.

Although Sterling was left out of the Montenegro game as punishment for his attack on Gomez, Southgate has confirmed the winger will return for England's final Group A fixture.

Kane said it had been a unusual week but felt the situation has been dealt with positively. He is one of the best in the world in his position.

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"For us it is not good news for sure", he said.

Southgate was happy to welcome Sterling back into the fold following his ban, and the England boss reiterated that there is no bad will harboured within the group - between players or coaching staff.

One is believed to show a black English player holding hands with a white Kosovan player.

On the surface that makes Sunday's trip to Kosovo a rather meaningless excursion for Gareth Southgate's side. It's a shame they can't qualify from tomorrow's game.

"He's been good around camp, he's been training really well".

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