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08th Dec 2022

Raheem Sterling to return to England’s World Cup base in Qatar

Steve Hopkins

Raheem raced back to England after thieves broke into his home

Raheem Sterling will return to Qatar ahead of the Three Lions’ clash against France on Saturday.

The Chelsea star travelled home before the last-16 game against Senegal after his family home was broken into on Saturday with thieves making off with £300,000 worth of watches.

In a statement, the FA said: “Raheem Sterling will return to England’s World Cup base in Qatar. “The forward temporarily left to attend to a family matter but is now expected to rejoin the squad in Al Wakrah on Friday (9 December) ahead of the quarter-final with France.”

The 27-year-old England star left the tournament after being told that his home in Surrey had been broken into, with items including jewellery and watches stolen.

It is thought Sterling’s fiancée, Paige Milian, returned to the couple’s home to discover that there had been a break-in, and was not home when it happened, as earlier reported.

Sterling was said to have been shaken and concerned about the wellbeing of his children following the incident.

The Football Association offered extensive security guidance to players before leaving for Qatar and has an experienced security team on hand to advise and provide support.

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