Raheem Sterling was all smiles on the training ground on Friday – despite spending the night in police cells and the morning in court.
The 18-year-old Liverpool winger was allowed to continue his preparations for the new season by club and country after to allegedly assaulting model girlfriend Shana Halliday.
He appeared before magistrates on Merseyside at 11.30 on Friday morning, left at midday and was training with his team-mates at 2.30pm.
He later flew to Ireland with boss Brendan Rodgers and squad for a friendly today against Celtic in Dublin.
A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Raheem has denied the charges and as the case is ongoing, we will not be making any further comment at this time.”
Sterling, named in the England squad for Tuesday’s Under-21 international against Scotland in Sheffield, will join up with the national team on Monday.
In the first test of the FA’s new code of conduct, Sterling is able to continue representing England until the court case concludes.
He was arrested at 10.30pm on Thursday in the Liverpool suburb of Page Moss after going for a meal with Halliday.