England's international break has been thrown into chaos by Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez's training ground row.
A day on from Liverpool's decisive 3-1 victory over Manchester City at Anfield, in which the two opponents were seen squaring up, their feud continued at St George's Park.
According to the Mirror, the Reds defender attempted to shake hands with the City forward from behind.
Sterling objected and reportedly went for Gomez before teammates intervened.
Gareth Southgate appears to have confirmed that it's the former who was the aggressor and as a result, he's been dropped for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.
- Sterling's Instagram post after Gomez row
- Gomez seen with scratch above his eye
- Sterling tried to grab Gomez by the neck
However, the England boss will be glad that Jordan Henderson has managed to smooth things over having intervened as peacemaker.
The Liverpool midfielder is actually suspended for Thursday's fixture and was not due to link up with the Three Lions until Wednesday.
Sky Sports report that in spite of that, Henderson got involved and rang both players to urge them to make up.
After the two players left the canteen, where the scuffle is said to have taken place, Sterling packed his bags and was ready to leave the England camp altogether.
Once news reached Henderson, he arranged over the phone for the two men to meet in one of the players' bedrooms.
They then had a group call, over which he mediated and listened to their respective points of view, before the matter was resolved.
Meanwhile, other England players believed Sterling had indeed gone home because they had seen him leave the Hilton Hotel out of a player exit.
Per the same source, the atmosphere was initially "too hostile" for the two players to stay in the same place. That was before Henderson managed to get them to make up and the duo are now on good terms again.
The 29-year-old has been widely commended for his leadership skills.
It is far from an ideal start to the latest round of England internationals.
Sterling has eight goals in six qualifiers so far. While the Montenegro game should easily be winnable without the 24-year-old, his actions have proved an unwanted distraction.
In his press conference, Southgate described his squad as a "family" and perhaps not too much should be read into what is ultimately a relatively minor dispute that has been blown out of all proportion.
The England boss can count himself lucky that he has Henderson in his ranks nonetheless.News Now - Sport News