RAHEEM STERLING has issued a grovelling statement after being axed by England following a bust-up with Joe Gomez.
The Manchester City winger had to be pulled apart from the Liverpool star by stunned team-mates at St George's Park.
Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez come head-to-head during Man City's clash with LiverpoolCredit: Getty
It came just hours after the pair clashed during Red's 3-1 win over City on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.
Other England players had to jump in and end the physical confrontation on Monday afternoon.
It is understood the argument started when 'banter' about the Reds win over City got out of hand.
Gareth Southgate is fuming over the incident, which has disrupted his plans for this week.
And he removed the City superstar from his squad for the Montenegro clash on Thursday.
And Sterling released a statement in the early hours of Tuesday after clear-the-air talks with Gomez.
It read: "First and foremost everyone knows what that game means to me.
"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.
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"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."