England manager Gareth Southgate has hit out at the demands being placed on players after Liverpool central defender Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Ireland.

Gomez has been withdrawn from the England squad and sent back to the Premier League champions.

“I can’t tell you how serious it is because he is yet to have scans,” Southgate told reporters at his pre-match news conference.

“What was upsetting to see, he was in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn’t like that element of it.”

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