The incident between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez on duty in England is "understandable," according to Victor Lindelof of Manchester United.
After Sterling and Gomez clashed in Liverpool's win over Man City this weekend, tensions were still high as both men came together for the match against England.
After a dispute between the two players at St George's Park on Monday, English manager Gareth Southgate has made Sterling unavailable for the selection for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro this week.
Sterling claimed that his emotions were right and explained how he had settled his differences with Gomez. Southgate then said at a press conference: "Raheem, in his message from last night, explained that his emotions have escaped for a very brief moment." It would be accurate to say that this n & # 39; It was not the same for Joe.
"These things happen in football, you have to find a way for the group to go forward, it took time and emotions to calm down."
Now, the news of the incident has clearly arrived in Sweden, where United's defender, Lindelof, has been questioned about his impressions about it.
Lindelof told fotbollskanalen that he could understand why emotions were on the rise, but that players had to set that aside when they play for their country.
"There can be hot feelings," said Lindelof.
"There are important games in the league, but when you come to the national team, you have to try to give up those feelings and think about the national team.
"It's perfectly understandable that there can be a lot of emotions, but of course it's not optimal if you have to start quarreling."
Asked if the fact that City and Liverpool were rivals in the title was a contributing factor, Lindelof said: "I think it has little to do with that, it's true. I do not know the whole situation, so I can not stay here and say who was right or who was wrong. "