Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England's European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after emotions ran high when the team gathered on Monday following Manchester City's loss to Liverpool.
A day after the Premier League top-of-the-table match at Anfield, where Sterling clashed with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez near the end, both players apparently became involved in another exchange when the England squad convened at the national training center at Burton upon Trent.
The English Football Association was moved to say in a statement that Sterling will not be considered for the game on Thursday against Montenegro at Wembley "as a result of a disturbance in a private team area at St. George's Park today. He will remain with the squad."
England manager Gareth Southgate said it was the right call.
"One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we've been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday's game were still raw," Southgate said.
"My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it's important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night."
Sterling has been in exceptional form for England, scoring eight goals and providing five assists during Euro 2020 qualification. He will miss their last home qualifier for Euro 2020 and the chance to advance, plus the team's 1000th fixture.
Christian Pulisic will miss the United States' CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba after leaving Chelsea's match against Crystal Palace with a hip injury.
The 21-year-old attacker from Hershey, Pennsylvania, appeared to get hurt when he scored his fifth goal in three Premier League matches, colliding with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita during a header in the 79th minute Saturday. Pulisic became just the fourth American to score in three straight EPL games, after Roy Wegerle, Joe Max-Moore and Clint Dempsey.
"This was a collaborative decision with the club, looking after the best interests of the player," U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said at training Monday. "It was a risk that we just weren't willing to take at this time."
Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley was to have been on the roster but was dropped after he hurt his right ankle during Sunday's Major League Soccer title game.
"You see him laying everything on the line to win the game, and things like that happen," Berhalter said. "It's unfortunate."
Seattle midfielder Christian Roldan and forward Jordan Morris were added to the 23-man roster after the Sounders' 3-1 win over Toronto.
Minnesota defender Chase Gasper was dropped along with Salt Lake forward Corey Baird.
The U.S. plays Canada on Friday in Orlando and meets Cuba four days later at George Town, Cayman Islands. To advance to the Nations League semifinals, the Americans (1-1) must win both games and make up a goal difference of four against Canada (3-0).
Outside back Sergiño Dest could make his senior national team competitive debut after deciding to stay with the U.S. program rather than switch to the Netherlands.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen is missing the games due to left knee tendinitis, even though he has been playing for Fortuna Duesseldorf.
"He hasn't been training and he has been playing games. They're doing everything they can to keep him together to be able to perform on the weekend," Berhalter said. "We said the rest is probably better. This is long-term play. The health of Zack, him playing this entire season, getting that under his belt, is very important at this stage."
The updated roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City), Matt Turner (New England).
Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Dallas), Sergiño Dest (Ajax, Netherlands), Nick Lima (San Jose), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle, England), Walker Zimmerman (LA).
Midfielders: Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke, Germany), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Duesseldorf, Germany), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Wil Trapp (Columbus), Jackson Yueill (San Jose).
Forwards: Paul Arriola (D.C.), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas, Turkey), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).
Leo Messi scored a hat-trick of two free kicks and a penalty as FC Barcelona retained their place at the top of the Liga Santander with a 4-1 win at home to Celta on Saturday night.
Messi was again Barca's savior and his contribution helped produce a score which flatters a side that struggled especially in the first half to produce the fluid football that has characterized their game over recent seasons.
New Celta coach Oscar Garcia, a former Camp Nou veteran, set his side up to push Barca high up the field and Barca were under pressure until Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Joseph Aidoo handled Junior Firpo's ball into the area.
Celta equalized from an excellent free kick three minutes before halftime with Lucas Olaza beating Ter Stegen after a foul committed by Messi.
The Argentinean made amends in first half injury time by scoring a majestic free kick of his own from 25 yards and he repeated the feat three minutes into the second half to complete his hat-trick.
Antoine Griezmann, who struggled again to make an impact, saw a shot well saved by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco as Barca, now with Sergio Busquets on the pitch following Nelson Semedo's injury midway through the first half, giving Ernesto Valverde's side much more control of the ball.
The midfielder got his reward with a rare goal six minutes from time when he had time to control a loose ball at the edge of the Celta area before beating Blanco with a powerful shot.
Real Madrid produced an assured display to win 4-0 away to Eibar in a rain-swept Ipurua Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane's side was 2-0 up after 20 minutes thanks to a Karim Benzema goal, which makes him the 6th highest scorer in Madrid's history, and a Sergio Ramos penalty after a foul on Eden Hazard.
A second penalty, this time scored by Benzema just before the half hour, made it 3-0 and with the result already decided, Fede Valverde's first league goal for Madrid closed the scoring with just under half an hour left to play.
Valencia continued their positive run of form with two goals in the second half minutes to give them a 2-0 win at home to Granada, who have now lost their last three games.
Daniel Wass opened the scoring in the 74th minute after taking advantage of being pushed into midfield from right back and youngster Ferran Torres sealed the win deep in injury time with a left-foot shot from outside of the penalty area.
Saturday kicked off with Alaves maintaining their impressive home record with a 3-0 win at home to Valladolid.
First half goals from Joselu on 28 minutes and a second four minutes later from Tomas Pina following a howling error from Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip put Alaves on their way before Lucas Perez rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot in the second half with a goal that means he has now scored in each of Alaves' last seven games.
Friday saw Javier Aguirre begin his reign at bottom of the table Leganes with a hard-fought draw away to high-flying Real Sociedad in a rain-swept Anoeta Stadium.
Bangladesh National Football team, now in Oman, passed a busy time with recovery and training sessions in Muscat on Saturday, ahead of their away match of the joint qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 against hosts and upper-ranked Oman on Thursday (November 14).
The match will kick-off at 9 pm at the Seeb Sports Stadium in Al Seeb city of Oman
Bangladeshi booters made swimming and recovery sessions for one hour at the hotel pool, followed by a two-hour hard physical training at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday.
After the training session, Bangladesh goal keeping coach Robert Andrew Mimms said, “We worked hard in the gym and made recovery sessions today (Saturday) as part of the preparations, booters are fully fit and looking forward for the game.”
Ahead of the match, Bangladesh booters are now undergoing a 10-day training camp there .
Bangladesh have been placed in Group E of the AFC Cup with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and neighboring India.
Bangladesh team started their campaign in FIFA and AFC meet with a 0-1 defeat against Afghanistan in the 1st match in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on September 10, conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Asian champions Qatar in the 2nd match in Dhaka on October 10 and played to a 1-1 draw against India in their 3rd match in Kolkata on October 15.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan on March 26 next year in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Under-19 men’s football team will play against Bhutan Under-19 men’s football team in their third and last group match of AFC U-19 Championship’2020 Qualifiers on Sunday.
The match will kick-off at 7:15 pm (BST) at the Khalifa Sports City Stadium in Bahrain capital Manama.
In the day’s other match, hosts Bahrain will take on Jordan at 10 pm (BST) at the same venue.
Ahead of the match, Bangladeshi booters made their recovery and swimming sessions on Saturday.
Bangladesh Captain cum defender Yeasin Arafat said that they will give their best effort in tomorrow’s match.
“We drew with Jordan and earned one point. We have chance to qualify for the final. We are fit and prepared for tomorrow. We will give our best efforts in tomorrow’s match against Bhutan,” said Arafat, also a member of Bangladesh national football team.
About their plan for Bhutan, Bangladesh Head Coach Andrew Peter Turner said, “Boys are confident after yesterday’s match against Jordan. Bhutan is good team, but we have taken good preparation for them.”
Bangladesh started their campaign conceding 0-3 goals defeat against Bahrain on Wednesday last but they returned on the race after playing 1-1 draw against Jordan on Friday.
Bhutan conceded a 0-3 goals defeat against Jordan in their first match and suffered 0-4 goals defeat against Bahrain in the second match.
Bahrain are at the top of the table securing 6 points from two matches with two wins, Jordan are 2nd earning 4 points from with one win and one defeat, Bangladesh are 3rd collecting one point with one draw and one defeat while Bhutan are yet to open account.