In response to armed intruders breaking into his home on Saturday night, Raheem Sterling is departing England’s World Cup camp and flying back to the UK.
The FA announced that Sterling would not be in the squad due to a “family matter” just before kick-off in England’s 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday night in the round of 16.
The young family of Sterling was robbed at gunpoint at their London home on the eve of the Senegal match, it has now been revealed.
The Chelsea winger will return home to be with his family because he was not in the right frame of mind to play on Sunday. He may, however, be able to fly back to Qatar in time for Saturday’s quarterfinal match against France.
After Senegal’s victory, manager Gareth Southgate was asked if he thought Sterling would play in the remaining matches. He replied that they would have to wait and see.
His family’s support and willingness to leave him alone to spend as much time as he needs means that right now they are his top priority.
Southgate responded that Sterling will be traveling after being asked if he would be returning to the UK.
He is truly uncertain of his intended course of action. He doesn’t want to put him under any pressure because right now he needs time to deal with the situation and spend it with his family.
The needs of one’s family should always come first, even when football is involved.
Harry Kane, the captain, expressed sympathy for him and his family, echoing the sentiments of his manager.
Even though it’s a personal matter, it’s never easy to witness one of your friends or teammates deal with that. Day by day will have to be their approach.
Kane is confident Raheem will consult with his manager and make the best choice for him and his family. It is crucial to remember that. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him soon.
Sterling is still very committed to England’s World Cup campaign and hopes to return to Qatar, but he felt compelled to fly back to the UK to be with his children.