Sterling leaves England World Cup camp after home break-in

England forward Raheem Sterling has left his team's World Cup camp in Qatar and returned to the U.K. after a break-in at his home.

AP , Monday 5 Dec 2022,
England s Raheem Sterling controls the ball during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and The United States, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)


The 27-year-old Manchester City player missed England's 3-0 win against Senegal in its round of 16 match Sunday and it was not known if he would be back for his nation's quarterfinal match with France on Saturday.

``We've got to give him time to try to resolve that or be there for his family,'' coach Gareth Southgate said. ``That's the most important thing at this time, so we're going to give him that space.``

England announced an hour and a half before kick off against Senegal at Al Bayt Stadium that Sterling would be unavailable because of a ``family matter.``

The English Press Association later reported armed intruders had broken into his home while his wife and three children were inside.

``Our thoughts are with him and his family,'' captain Harry Kane said. ``It is a private matter with him, but it's never easy to see one or your teammates and friends have to deal with something like that.``

Kane added: ``From us as a team we send him our best and hope to see him as soon as possible.''

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