BREAKING NEWS: England drop Sterling for Montenegro clash after reported Gomez bust up

By Sports Desk November 11, 2019

Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro following a reported bust up between the Manchester City forward and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

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    The role is Pirlo's first as a coach and while Mancini feels the Italy great is fortunate to have landed such a high-profile job, he thinks it will prove to be an astute appointment.

    "I did not expect Juventus to go out [of the Champions League]," Mancini told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I was sure they would have advanced.

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