Raheem Sterling

England manager Gareth Southgate is ready to restore Raheem Sterling at the fore-front of the team’s squad after serving his suspension.

Southgate, Sterling

Sterling was involved in an alteration with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez in a private area of England’s St George’s Park training base.

Sterling will sit out England’s 1,000th match in London, the City forward is poised to return to the fold against Kosovo in Group A.

“Yes,” Southgate said when asked if Sterling will start on Sunday. “Without knowing what might happen in tomorrow’s game and everything else, but I can see that being the case.

“His reaction has been brilliant. He spoke to the team really well and he’s trained really well and I can’t fault his reaction at all.

“So, there might be observation about where he might be in terms of me and giving you an honest answer of what I think he’s likely to be thinking. But in terms of how he’s trained and how he’s been around the guys and with us, I’m happy.”