Pictures have emerged of a huge scar that stretches across the face of Joe Gomez just days after his bust-up with Raheem Sterling while away on international duty.
On Tuesday, photographers picked up a scratch underneath the right eye of the Liverpool defender while he trained with his England team-mates.
However, new images have revealed that the scar now extends down his face and onto his neck.
A close-up of Joe Gomez’s face reveals a huge scar that extends from under his eye to his neck
The scratch starts underneath the right eye of Gomez before stretching down to his neck
Photographers noticed the scar a day after Gomez’s (right) bust-up with Raheem Sterling (left)
Gomez remains upbeat in training after quashing the beef with team-mate Sterling
Sterling (centre) trained on Wednesday morning but will not feature against Montenegro
It comes days after Sportsmail revealed all on Sterling’s clash with Gomez in the canteen at St George’s Park.
Sterling has since apologised to Gomez for the incident, where the pair had to be separated by shocked team-mates.
The Manchester City star left St George’s Park with manager Gareth Southgate’s permission to cool off following the bust-up and was then allowed to return to the camp.
Jordan Henderson, who trained with his England team-mates on Wednesday, brokered the peace by speaking separately to the duo on the phone.
Jordan Henderson phoned the feuding duo separately in an attempt to keep the peace
Henderson (centre) trained with his team-mates for the first time since arriving on Tuesday
England boss Gareth Southgate addressed the issue during a press conference on Tuesday
A unified England team joke around during training ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier
The Liverpool skipper arrived at St George’s Park on Tuesday evening, a day after Sterling’s heated exchange with Gomez.
The flare-up had been brewing since Sunday’s match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, where Sterling and Gomez confronted each other towards the end of the game before appearing to make up after the final whistle.
Gomez was one of the first players to arrive at St George’s Park on Monday and made a beeline for Sterling in the hope of clearing the air.
But the emotions from Sunday’s game reignited, resulting in Sterling grabbing Gomez by the throat.
The pair have since made amends and appeared to share a laugh in training on Tuesday and Wednesday.
But despite the spat being dealt with, Southgate — following talks with his backroom and player leadership teams — insisted on axeing Sterling for the Montenegro game, but not Sunday’s match in Kosovo.
Sportsmail can reveal that some players were surprised at the decision to omit Sterling, feeling there had been an over-reaction, although it is important to stress a group of players back Southgate’s hardline stance.
Sources also indicate that there is a feeling within the camp the matter should have remained in-house after the pair put the issue behind them when Sterling apologised.
Sterling posted this statement on Instagram on Tuesday to clarify the situation in his words
Southgate was not due to speak publicly until Wednesday — but the England manager held a hastily-arranged press conference on Tuesday to address the matter.
Southgate said: ‘I have discussions with all of my staff and with the leadership group, but ultimately I’m the manager and I make the decision. Raheem is a very important player for us, but I felt it was the right thing.
‘We’re like a family and all families have disagreements, but the most important thing is that you communicate and work through those disagreements.’
England host Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday evening before travelling to face Kosovo on Sunday.
Sterling and Gomez clashed in the match between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday
Gomez shoved Sterling as they squared up during the game at Anfield which Liverpool won 3-1