Mon, 06 Feb 2023

Raheem Sterling was absent for the win against Senegal

England winger Raheem Sterling left the team's camp in Qatar to return to the UK after his home was targeted by armed raiders while his young children were inside, it has been revealed.

It was announced before England's 3-0 win against Senegal on Sunday that Sterling, 27, would miss the match to deal with a "family matter."

It later emerged that his home in Surrey had been raided on Saturday night in an incident which left the footballer "shaken" and concerned for his family.

According to the Sun, thieves are said to have made off with Pound 300,000 ($370,000) worth of luxury watches from the mansion.

Details of how the raid unfolded have not emerged, although it was suggested that the gang may have believed the property was empty after Sterling's partner, Paige Milian, posted social media images of herself in Qatar earlier during the World Cup.

She and the two young sons she has with Sterling were reportedly at the mansion at the time of the raid.

"This was terrifying for her and obviously traumatic for all the family," the Sun quoted a source as saying.

"It looks like about Pound 300,000 of watches have been taken. The police were there several hours."

Police continue to investigate although no arrests have been made thus far.

Speaking after England's win against Senegal at Al Bayt Stadium - which set up a World Cup quarterfinal against France - manager Gareth Southgate said the "priority" for Chelsea star Sterling was to be with his family.

"We're going to support that and leave him to have as much time as he needs," said the Three Lions boss.

"He's going home. I don't want to put him under pressure. Sometimes football isn't the most important thing, family should come first."

It was not immediately clear if Sterling would return to Qatar for England's match with France at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday night.

Sterling has made 81 appearances for England since making his debut a decade ago, scoring 20 times. He was on target in England's opening win against Iran in Qatar, also registering an assist in that game.

(RT.com)

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