Raheem Sterling has returned from Qatar after armed robbers stormed into and plundered his Surrey mansion while his partner and children were inside.
After learning what transpired on Saturday evening, the England international missed his country’s 3-0 World Cup last-16 win against Senegal. He is obviously shaken and anxious about his children’s safety.
Sterling has told Gareth Southgate he is hoping to be back for the quarter-final with France on December 10. But the Three Lions boss admitted this isn’t a priority for Sterling or England at the moment. “Raheem wanted to return home because he was concerned for his young children,” said a source. “They were at home during the raid. “He will come back to Qatar if he can – but he had to put his family first.”
According to The Sun, the raid resulted in the theft of approximately £300,000 in watches.
“This was terrifying for her and obviously traumatic for the entire family,” according to the insider. “When Raheem heard, he was probably beyond himself with worry. It’s indescribable to be abroad while your partner and children are at home and an armed gang bursts in.
“It appears that approximately £300,000 in watches have been stolen. The cops stayed for several hours.”
Following the victory over Senegal, Southgate stated: “We’ll have to wait and see [if he’ll be available to play against France]. At the moment, clearly, his priority is to be with his family, and we’ll support that.
“We’re going to give him as much time as he needs.” Yes, he’s heading home.
“I honestly don’t know since right now he needs to spend time with his family.” I don’t want to put any pressure on him. Football isn’t always the most essential thing, and family should always come first.”
Sterling’s partner Paige and their two small children were there at his home during the raid, and the Chelsea winger is naturally eager to return to the UK to be with his family.
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