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AL KHOR, Qatar — England star Raheem Sterling flew dwelling from the World Cup after his dwelling was attacked by armed intruders, head coach Gareth Southgate and the English Soccer Affiliation confirmed Sunday.
Sterling was omitted of the England group for its 3-0 victory over Senegal within the spherical of 16 after his property simply exterior London was damaged into, whereas his household was inside, Saturday night time.
“He is on his way home,” Southgate mentioned throughout his postgame information convention. “We’ve got to give him time to try to resolve that (issue) or be there for his family. We are obviously mindful of him being allowed space and privacy, so we don’t want to talk in too much detail.
“It’s not preferrred for the group forward of a giant sport, but it surely pales into insignificance. The person is extra vital than the group in these moments.”
England eased into Saturday’s quarterfinal matchup with France, thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka — but all thoughts were with Sterling, who moved to London team Chelsea from Manchester City last summer.
There was no word on whether Sterling, who played a total of 139 minutes during England’s first two games before being rested against Wales, would be able to return to Qatar later in the tournament.
The first time the matter came to light was when the FA released a statement 90 minutes before kickoff that Sterling was out due to a “household matter.” Earlier than lengthy, nonetheless, there was additional clarification.
“Raheem Sterling missed England’s World Cup win in opposition to Senegal after armed intruders broke into his home in a single day whereas his household have been there,” read a statement released to the Press Association, an English news agency.
Southgate and Sterling spent significant time together Sunday morning before the winger’s flight back to London, which was hastily arranged by England’s support staff.
Sterling’s primary concern, according to the later statement, was “the well-being of his kids.” It added that the player was “understandably shaken.”
If he could come back to Qatar, Sterling remains a valuable option for Southgate due to his speed and trickery with the ball at his feet.
Dating back more than a decade, Premier League soccer players from high-profile teams have frequently been targeted for home break-ins during game times, Champions League trips, or tournaments.
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