Raheem Sterling has said sorry to the England manager and his team-mates after reporting late for World Cup duty.
Just days after the controversy over his gun tattoo, Sterling’s position in Gareth Southgate’s plans was under further scrutiny on Thursday when it emerged the Manchester City star had arrived at England’s St George’s Park training base later than planned.
Southgate made his feelings plain to Sterling and the England boss revealed afterwards that the forward had apologised to the squad.
Raheem Sterling apologised to his England teammates after reporting late for World Cup duty
Like the rest of Southgate’s players, Sterling was given a week off to unwind after the final game of his season on May 13. He went to Ibiza before returning to England for a custody hearing on May 17 concerning his former girlfriend.
He then went to Jamaica for a family holiday but he failed to make it back in time when flying home via Miami. He was due to report for duty on the evening of May 22 but didn’t arrive at St George’s Park until the following morning.
Sterling completed a light session on the day of his arrival before rejoining the rest of the squad on the Thursday.
When Sterling realised the mistake regarding his flights would make him late, he immediately called Southgate to explain. He had already been given permission to report one day later than planned due to the court case.
Southgate revealed on Thursday: ‘He was given off until the