England’s men’s national football player, Raheem Sterling, had to fly back home in England from Qatar as his family home was the target of armed robbery.
Sterling had to miss the England’s important World Cup last game against Senegal in the process.
The news was confirmed by the England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, who told the media that 27 years old forward had to travel back to the United Kingdom to his family just hours before the game.
Raheem Sterling’s home in Surrey was targeted on Saturday night. According to reports, Raheem was informed on Sunday’s early hours.
The Telegraph had reported that at the time of armed robbery, Sterling’s partner and his young kid were present in the house.
England’s coach is hopeful that Sterling will be back on time to be in the squad for the quarter-final match against defending World Cup champions, France, on next Saturday here in Qatar World Cup 2022.
“Priority for him (Raheem Sterling) is to be with his family.” Southgate told the media in England vs Senegal post-match press conference.
“I don’t want to put him under pressure. Sometimes football isn’t the most important thing, family should come first.” He concluded.
England vs Senegal: Last-16 match
England had a rather easy win against their last-16 opponent, Senegal, as they beat them 3-0.
With this win, England have confirmed a quarter-final showdown against the defending champions and World Cup favorites, France, on Saturday.
Goals from Henderson (37′) and Harry Kane (45’+3′) gave England a 2 goal lead in the first half.
Bukayo Saka (57′) scored the 3rd and final goal for England as they comfortably saw off the game till the final whistle.
England’s blockbuster game against France will be played on Saturday 10th December, in Al-Bayt Stadium Qatar.