The talk of this international break has been the training ground row that occurred between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez following Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Manchester City the day before. By all accounts, Gomez did nothing wrong, and in fact intervened after the fact to keep his mate Sterling from being sent home.
None of that mattered to a corner of England fans, who found it necessary to boo Gomez, their own player, when he represented their country in a Euro qualifier. Because people are sometimes awful.
Gomez, still a young player whose family was in attendance, was predictably mortified and upset by the experience of being jeered by his own fans for, I guess, not punching a teammate?
Virgil van Dijk is also having none of this harassment of his friend and fellow defender. When asked about the incident in a press conference, the Dutchman admitted that he was very disappointed in the behaviour of the fans.
“It’s disappointing to see,” he said. “I want to say as well it’s been dealt with. I think everyone should stop talking about it because it’s just a thing that happened. They all sorted it out. Everyone needs to move on, leave Joe especially alone. But yes, it was disappointing to see.”
Van Dijk strikes me as a man who you don’t want to disappoint. So get your act together, England fans, because he’ll be coming to play your club soon.