Joe Gomez took to the pitch for the first time since the incident that saw Raheem Sterling dropped by England last night in the 7-0 victory over Montenegro.
Sterling was in the stands as the £28,000-a-week (Spotrac) Liverpool man was introduced as a substitute at Wembley, where he was greeted by baffling boos from some supporters.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate told the BBC: “I am hugely disappointed for Joe. Joe had done nothing wrong and no England player should be booed like that when they are wearing the shirt. All the players are particularly disappointed with that.”
And Sterling himself felt compelled to take to Twitter to defend his team-mate, rightly so given that the young defender has found himself in the eye of the storm for no reason.
To all the @England fans, I wanted to leave things at it was but tonight I have to speak again : it was hard for me to see my team mate get booed for something that was my fault. Joe hasn’t done anything wrong & for me to see someone who keeps his head down and work hard..
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) November 14, 2019
Liverpool supporters on Twitter passionately backed their man after a difficult night on international duty, supporting him to the hilt and showering him in the love he didn’t get from every England fan last night.
The whole saga needs putting to bed now and it can only be hoped that the braindead England fans who booed one of their own players for no reason don’t repeat the trick in future internationals.
I love him so much ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/PJiwI34PQY
— Stephen Harris (@stephen_6times) November 14, 2019
Our man Joe❤️
— ً (@CalvesLikeShaq) November 14, 2019
What a man🥺🥰
— ً (@TheImmortalKop) November 14, 2019
A king 👑 ❤️
— Salma (@sxlmss) November 14, 2019
Too good for England ❤️
— LFC (@RockyKlopp) November 14, 2019
@J_Gomez97 can’t say I speak for most Liverpool fans when I say that I would always take Liverpool winning the European cup over England winning the World Cup or Euros.
So I’ll just leave this here lad. pic.twitter.com/vHm6PArT1n
— Peter O'Neill (@peter_oneill1) November 14, 2019
What a guy. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WkzIFAY0K1
— MB (@MrBoywunder) November 14, 2019
Club >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> country
— mboopi (@boardmanburner) November 14, 2019
Gomez is appreciated here
— LFCGOAT🤡 (@LFCGOATMILLY) November 15, 2019
@J_Gomez97 Once you’re back @LFC the better as you will be given all the love my friend 🥰🥰 and you’ll get a #BigKloppHug 🤗
We forget Joe is only a young man at 22 and he has clearly been affected by the pathetic booing 😡😠 #GetALifeIdiots #YNWA #LFCpic.twitter.com/M9HXvvUMG5
— Shafy (@007Shafy) November 14, 2019
Our joe 💖
— Bubbles (@bubbIxs) November 14, 2019